Cascade Contest Judging

 OCW Cascade Writing Contest Judging

Preliminary round: Three judges (published authors, pastors, bookstore owners, teachers, and/or librarians) will review entries and record their scores (scoring elements for each category may be found on the website). All three scores will be averaged. The highest three scores in each category will be determined to be Cascade Writing Contest finalists and will continue to the finals round of the contest. Preliminary score sheets will be emailed back to entrants between June 28 and July 5.

Final round: There will be two finals judges (editors, agents, and published authors) for each category. The finals judges will utilize the same scoring elements used in the preliminary round, and judges may add comments.

Unpublished entries are to be submitted blind to ensure anonymity. If a judge recognizes an unpublished entry through having reviewed the work previously, the judge will recuse himself from judging that entry, and the entry will be given to another judge.

Final-round judges for unpublished:

  • Fiction: Sandra Bishop (MacGregor Literary),  Karen Ball (Steve Laube Agency)
  • Nonfiction: Don Pape (David C. Cook Publishers), Les Stobbe (Les Stobbe Literary Agency)
  • Young Adult: Jeff Gerke (Marcher Lord Press), Rick Steele (AMG Publishers)
  • Children’s: Joanna Echols (Focus on the Family), Helen Haidle (Seed Faith Books)
  • Poetry/Gift Book: Jane Kirkpatrick, Nick Harrison (Harvest House), and Jean Christen (Harvest House)
  • Poetry:Colette Tennant, Gail Denham
  • Articles, Columns, Devotionals: Kim Bangs (Regal Books: Gospel Light), Susan King (Upper Room)

Final-round judges for published entries include these award-winning authors:

  • Gina Ochsner
  • David Sanford
  • Donita K. Paul
  • Melody Carlson
  • Judy Gann
  • Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Jennifer Anne F. Messing
  • Judith Montgomery
  • Chad McComas
  • Cornelia Seigneur
  • Jeannie St. John Taylor
  • Sally Stuart