Judging Information

IDA Home Page   ♦   IDA Breaking News   ♦   Categories and Entry Info   ♦   Rules and FAQs   ♦   Judging Info   ♦   Judge App   ♦   Winners   ♦   OK-RWA Home

 ***Judges – If you have not received entries by July 20th, please contact the main coordinator at IDAOKRWA1@aol.com – The entries in some categories are going out slightly later than anticipated. If you need a little extra time to read and judge them, please let your coordinator know. ***

(Please note the NEW email address for the main coordinator:  IDAOKRWA1@aol.com – Judge applications and questions may be sent there. Entries must be sent to the individual category coordinators found here:  https://okrwa.com/contests/international-digital-awards/contest-categories/)


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 (see Judge App page for a list of those categories), 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 always able to give one of the first three choices for judges who sign up before the deadline of June 30, 2016. Our ‘shorts’ are books with a word count of 10,000 to 39,999 words. Our ‘novels’ are 40,000 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 up to FIVE entries and scoring/rating them.

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 the judging form, plus 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 early-July and you will have until September 30, 2016 to read the books and return your form to the Category Coordinator.

Q. Do I have to do anything else?

A. No. Just read and score the entries and return the scores to your coordinator.

Q. Great. How do I sign up?

A. Easy…


1. Pick your favorite category.

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