UC Book Criteria

Criteria for written pieces to be featured in the Untitled Chapter Book.

It’s almost that time of year when we start compiling written pieces for the Untitled Chapter. We have a limited amount of pages so to streamline the process for choosing the pieces, we are applying a point system to make judging easier and less subjective. Each written piece is initially read by 2-3 members of the Untitled Chapter Team and the following criteria should be applied.

 

Creativity     40%

 

Structure     20%

 

Adherence to Theme   10%

 

 

Grammar     10%

 

Length      10%

 

“Wow!” factor     10%

 

TOTAL:      100%

 

 

We will discuss the criteria at length below. For every question answered, there is a 10 percent awarded- If the answer to that question is a “no”, then it should not.

After the written pieces have been read by 2-3 members of the Untitled Chapter team, the pieces that receive an average of 80% or better will pass on to the second reading. In the second reading, only the best from these will be featured in the book.

Description of Criteria

40% ‐ Creativity

  • (10%) Does this written piece express ideas not commonly found in the other writings?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Does written piece answer approach the prompt or theme in an unexpected way?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Does the language or diction used help paint a picture?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Are there strong metaphors, extended analogies and similes used to better help the reader visualize the written peice?      Yes  /  No

 

 

 

20% ‐ Structure

  • (10%) Is this written piece organized in a comprehensible way?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Is there a clear beginning, middle, and end or introduction, body, and conclusion?      Yes  /  No

10% ‐ Adherence to Theme

  • (10%) Does this written piece connect or feels inspired by the theme      Yes  /  No

10% ‐ Grammar

  • (10%) Is the grammar of this written piece correct enough or easy to understand?       Yes  /  No

10% ‐ Length

  • (10%) Does the story or poem adhere to the length provided by Untitled Chapters? (2 pages maximum for poetry, 4 to 5 pages maximum for short stories, 3 -4 pages for essays) Yes  /  No

10% ‐ “Wow!” factor

  • (10%) Does this written piece “wow” the reader for one reason or another?      Yes  /  No

 

Criteria for written pieces to be featured in the Untitled Chapter Book.

It’s almost that time of year when we start compiling written pieces for the Untitled Chapter. We have a limited amount of pages so to streamline the process for choosing the pieces, we are applying a point system to make judging easier and less subjective. Each written piece is initially read by 2-3 members of the Untitled Chapter Team and the following criteria should be applied.

 

 

Creativity     40%

 

Structure     20%

 

Adherence to Theme   10%

 

 

Grammar     10%

 

Length      10%

 

“Wow!” factor     10%

 

TOTAL:      100%

 

 

We will discuss the criteria at length below. For every question answered, there is a 10 percent awarded- If the answer to that question is a “no”, then it should not.

After the written pieces have been read by 2-3 members of the Untitled Chapter team, the pieces that receive an average of 80% or better will pass on to the second reading. In the second reading, only the best from these will be featured in the book.

Description of Criteria

40% ‐ Creativity

  • (10%) Does this written piece express ideas not commonly found in the other writings?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Does written piece answer approach the prompt or theme in an unexpected way?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Does the language or diction used help paint a picture?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Are there strong metaphors, extended analogies and similes used to better help the reader visualize the written peice?      Yes  /  No

 

 

 

20% ‐ Structure

  • (10%) Is this written piece organized in a comprehensible way?      Yes  /  No
  • (10%) Is there a clear beginning, middle, and end or introduction, body, and conclusion?      Yes  /  No

10% ‐ Adherence to Theme

  • (10%) Does this written piece connect or feels inspired by the theme      Yes  /  No

10% ‐ Grammar

  • (10%) Is the grammar of this written piece correct enough or easy to understand?       Yes  /  No

10% ‐ Length

  • (10%) Does the story or poem adhere to the length provided by Untitled Chapters? (2 pages maximum for poetry, 4 to 5 pages maximum for short stories, 3 -4 pages for essays) Yes  /  No

10% ‐ “Wow!” factor

  • (10%) Does this written piece “wow” the reader for one reason or another?      Yes  /  No

 

 

 

Adapted from “Judging Essays in the Creative Writing Competition 2013” by vhoughsnee@peacecorps.gov.
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