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*** Judging signups for the 2020 contest will open June 1, 2020.

How would you like to take part in determining the 2020 IDA Winners and Finalists? We would love to have you participate in judging our contest.

You will receive FREE PDF ebooks.

Read the stories, complete a short score sheet, then watch to see if your favorites win!

GO here to submit your Judge application: TO JUDGE


A. Anyone with a computer or ereader who can read .pdf files. We do request that anyone under the age of 18 restrict their judging request to the Young Adult Category. If you are entered in the IDAs, you can still judge, just so long as it’s not the category you entered.

Q. What kind of books will I be judging?

A. All IDA entries are fiction. We have 7 different categories (Find category descriptions here: Categories for the IDA), and we accept both short stories (including novellas) and novels. We try to give judges their top category choice, but sometimes, that’s not possible. We are usually able to give one of the first three choices. Our ‘shorts’ are books with a word count of 7,500 to 49,999 words. Our ‘novels’ are 50,000 words and above. Some of the entries will contain romance, but some will not. We ask that you judge the entries on the STORY and not romantic content.

Q. How many entries will I have to judge?

A. Each judge will be responsible for reading FIVE entries and scoring/rating them. (If you are willing to judge more, please indicate that on the form)

Q. How do I judge?

A. You will read each book and score it based on a simple scoring system.

Q. How do I receive entries?

A. If you are chosen to judge, you will receive an email with instructions and your books as attachments to the email.

Q. This sounds like fun. How long do I have to read and judge?

A. You’ll receive your books around mid August and you will have until mid October to submit the scores.

Q. Do I have to do anything else?

A. No. Just read and score the entries.

Q. Great. How do I sign up?

A. Easy…


1. Pick your favorite categories.

2. Go to the Judge Sign-up Page by clicking HERE.