Want to be a Judge?


First of all, thank you for your interest in being a judge for the next Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest!  We want everyone to have the best experience possible, so please read the following procedures and policies carefully.


It is the policy of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project (STBFAIP) to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest resulting from the committee’s activities. In particular, no person should obtain or appear to obtain special advantages for themselves, their relatives, their employer, or their close associates as a result of their services on a committee. A conflict of interest occurs when an individual’s personal or private interests may lead an independent  observer reasonably to question whether the individual’s professional actions or decisions are influenced  by considerations of significant personal or private interest, financial or otherwise.


STBF judging committee members need to maintain a high degree of confidentiality regarding the committee’s discussions, both oral and written. All committee members need to feel free to speak frankly in a closed session, knowing that their comments will not be repeated outside that room, and that they preserve the right to speak for themselves outside of that closed session. It is important to remember that, in these discussions, committee members may express only their own opinions, and may not quote the opinions of other committee members or indicate in any way which books are under consideration. It is understood that all eligible books are being considered up until the selection of the winner is made.   Members of the committee should not reveal or publicize any confidential information learned  through service on the committee; nor should they make such confidential information available to non-committee members.

Members of the judging committee who run or participate in social networking Web sites or software, including blogs, wikis, electronic discussion lists, Facebook, Twitter, and the like, should not engage in any discussions about the STBF project, or about the status of eligible books during their term of committee service.


From time to time, the STBF committee may take other action or establish such other guidelines as may be necessary in the STBF’s sole discretion to protect the integrity of the process.


Any questions about being a judge and our judging process should be directed to Kate Buckson, La Grange Park Public Library District, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 708.352.0100 x170 or Gretchen Murphy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at Wheaton Public Library

Ready to sign up as a judge?

Thank you for your interest in serving as a judge in the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project!  Please note: judges must be employed at a library within the state of Illinois at the time of the contest judging. 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.


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