As an Ink and Insights‘ judge, one of my main tasks is to be objective as I read and critique. It’s important not to let my subjective views determine how an excerpt will be judged.
I have preferences of course, things like genre and age category. All judges have the same kinds of preferences. One of the reasons for this is familiarity. For example, as speculative fiction, mystery/thriller, and action-adventure are among the genres I often read and write too, I have a good idea of what’s expected from these kinds of stories. As such, these mostly show up in my inbox.
Writers don’t have to worry about judges reviewing subject matter they can’t stand either. For example, I tend to avoid subject matter with graphic depictions of violence against children. Personal experiences and my potential reactions to such, doesn’t make me the best judge for stuff like this…
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