Thank you for your interest in serving as a judge for the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project!
We are currently recruiting Illinois library staff members to serve as judges for both of our annual contests: the Illinois Author Project and the Manuscript Project (details below). You may sign up to help with either or both.
Illinois Author Project
- Entries are indie-published or self-published works of adult or young adult fiction.
- Judges typically read 6 to 7 books over an eight-to-ten-week period beginning in August, and fill out a brief evaluation form for each title.
- Each judge will be asked to read 3 or 4 books in the first round of judging, as well as the three finalists.
- Entries are unpublished works of adult fiction.
- Judges typically read 9 to 11 manuscripts over a twelve-to-fourteen-week period beginning in January, and fill out a brief evaluation form for each title.
- Each judge will be asked to read 3 or 4 books in the first and second rounds of judging, as well as the three finalists.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are judges required to attend any in-person or virtual meetings?
- No. Judges are asked only to read and evaluate their assigned books. No other commitments are required.
How do judges access their assigned books?
- Judges will read their assigned books electronically through the BiblioBoard platform. Judges can use the BiblioBoard app (available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire) or read in a browser.
Do I need to be a librarian to be a judge?
- No. Judging is open to anyone who works for an Illinois library, not just librarians. Please note: judges must be employed at a library within the state of Illinois at the time of judging.
Ready to sign up as a judge?
To sign up to be a judge, please review our conflict of interest and confidentiality policies, then complete this form and we will get in touch with you when the next contest approaches. Even if you have been a judge in the past, you will need to reapply. Once you complete the form, you will be contacted as we get closer to the project judging deadlines.