HOLT Medallion Judge Information

Applications for reader judges for the
2017 HOLT Medallion Contest will begin December 1, 2016

The HOLT Medallion is presented annually as a mark of excellence in romantic fiction. As a judge, your conscientious cooperation is key in maintaining the HOLT Medallion as a nationally prestigious award.

To participate, judges must agree to all of the following:

  • I am an avid reader of romance fiction, and I am familiar with the style and requirements of the genre.
  • I am 18 or more years of age.
  • I am neither a published author of book-length fiction, nor am I actively pursuing a career in fiction writing.
  • I am not a relative of any author with work submitted in the contest categories I’ve agreed to judge.
  • I will read all the books assigned to me and return the completed scores within the established deadlines via the on-line form.
  • If I am unable to judge a book fairly, for any reason, I will immediately notify the contest coordinator.
  • If I become unable to fulfill my duties as contest judge, I will notify the contest coordinator and return all books immediately so that a replacement judge can be found.
  • I will keep confidential all information related to the contest, including scores, book titles, and names of authors I judge in this competition.

To stay green, we are encouraging judges who are willing to read e-book entries to do so. Please, if you are comfortable reading e-books, do not forget to indicate your selection on your judging application form. You may receive a mix of print and e-books, depending on the format of entries we receive from authors. Thank you!

International judges are accepted and encouraged. However, to save time and shipping costs, international judges must be willing to accept e-books only.

You will be asked to judge approximately five books in one or more categories (quantities will vary based on number of entries received). Print books will be shipped and e-books will be e-mailed in early February, and your scores must be returned via the on-line form by April 1, 2017. The books you judge are yours to keep and enjoy.


Contest Categories

The details of the Romance sub-genre are provided here to help in making your choices. Please note that some categories may include aspects of another sub-genre (such as a paranormal in an historical setting, or an extra-spicy romantic suspense). Unless otherwise noted, all categories may have varying levels of sensuality, ranging from sweet to hot.

Historical
Romance set in any period prior to and including World War II (1945).

Mainstream/Single Title Contemporary
Contemporary romance of approximately 90,000+ words; not series/category type.

Long Contemporary
Contemporary romance of 65,000 words or more. Includes series/category type.

Short Contemporary
Contemporary romance of 40,000-65,000 words. Includes series/category type.

Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy
Romance in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal/supernatural happenings are a major element of the plot. Includes single-title releases or books published within established series/category romance lines, and may represent any sub-genre listed herein.

Romantic Suspense
Romance in which the suspense is a major element of the plot. Includes all sub-genres.

Extra-Spicy/Erotic
Romance featuring intense sexuality. May include graphic content and/or explicit language, regardless of sub-genre. Includes romantica and erotica. May be set in any place or era.

Long Inspirational
Romantic novels of 65,000+ words, in which one or more characters’ religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are a major part of the developing relationship, not merely a minor element or subplot. May be set in any place or era.

Short Inspirational
Romantic novels between 40,000-65,000 words, in which one or more characters’ religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are a major part of the developing relationship, not merely a minor element or subplot. May be set in any place or era.

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Novels in which the romance plays a part in the book but is not the main focus of the novel. There may or may not be a traditional happily ever after ending. (ex. urban fantasy, women’s fiction, historical fiction, etc.). Includes all sub-genres. May be set in any place or era.

Romance Novella
Short romances of less than 40,000 words. May be included in an anthology with different authors whose stories will not be judged. Includes all sub-genres. May be set in any place or era.


 

Questions

E-mail any questions to HOLTMedallion@gmail.com