GE Judging

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Judging is the Ultimate Gift

The Great Expectations Contest relies on an amazing group of first round judges to give all our contest entrants valuable and supportive feedback. If you are a writer of romance or women's fiction and want to provide help and encouragement to your fellow writers, then we're looking for you!


Romances featuring characters of all races, creeds, ethnicities, genders, and sexualities or with disabilities or containing spiritual/religious elements are welcome to enter.


2020 GE Judging Instructions


The Details

  • Receive entries approximately mid-to-late January
  • Return entries when you're done, no later than February 23, 2020
  • Sign up to judge 1 to 5 entries --you tell us on the form
  • Choose the category and heat level you'd prefer --top three choices on the form
  • Entries are no more than 5,000 words
  • NO synopsis or blurbs

HEAT Levels

We ask contestants to define the HEAT level of their 5,000 word entry based on the following:

  • Warm = Romance
  • Medium = Tension and/or banter
  • Hot = Sex
  • EX Hot = All erotic romance references
  • Any -- I'll judge any heat level.

The heat level should be based on the 5,000 words of their entry even if the rest of the book has a different level of tension, banter or sex. The judging form will ask you which heat level you feel comfortable judging. The form also asks which categories are your preference & which you do not want to judge.

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