Author Jo Knowles wrote a blog post called “Some Things I Learned from Being ‘Judge-y'”, in which sheÂ reflectsÂ on the experience of judging writing competitions, and compiles the feedback she gave to the submissions.Â Looking across herÂ feedback, I was struck by the common threads and my mind started to bunch certain comments together. I was also super grateful that she generously shared her experience so that the rest of us could learn a thing or two. Her post epitomizes the generosity of the writing community. Three cheers for writers!
I thought it would be useful to apply Ms Knowles’ criteria to my own submissions, to see how my writingÂ would fare and, most importantly, asses where itÂ needs the most improvement.Â For ease, I adapted her comments into a rubric. By referring to the rubric during revision, a writer canÂ see what he or she already does well, and which areas of the writing are weakest. And, then, by following aÂ column, the writer can even figure out what to do to move his or her writing into the next category.
Can’t take the teacher out of the girl, I guess.
Here’s a link to the Writing_RubricÂ I made by adapting Ms Knowles’ comments. I tried to make it feel as universal and non-genre specific as possible.Â Feel free to use and share. I hope it’s helpful to others.