The WisRWA 2016 Fabulous Five contest is in need of your help! Please consider volunteering your time to serve as a category coordinator. At this time we only have 2 coordinators out of 8 needed. If we do not have the help needed, we will not be able to have the contest go forward. If you are unsure if you would be a good fit, please reach out to the category coordinator, Molly Maka, with any questions you may have.
Below, please find the duties of a contest coordinator:
Fab Five Category Coordinator Duties
Each Fab Five Category Coordinator receives ten to thirty-five contest entries by email, checks them for proper format, logs them in, and later performs various sorts and summaries before whisking them off initially to the first round judges and later the final round judges.
During the entry submission period (January and February), only an hour or so of time would be required each week for handling incoming entries. A flurry of entries always comes in over the last couple days, just before the contest submission deadline, and a few extra hours are required at that time for handling them. After that, look for about five or six hours preparing and submitting batches to the first round judges. March is spent looking for returned, graded entries from those judges and filing them. That doesn’t typically take a lot of time. Finally, four or five hours are needed in early April, ranking entries and forwarding the top five to the final round judge. After that, in May, expect a few hours as final judges’ ranked entries are returned.
The Fab Five category coordinator role best suits a person who is comfortable with a computer, is organized, pays good attention to detail, and is good at meeting deadlines. A coordinator must also be responsive to email questions. The overall contest coordinator will set up an email loop for category coordinators. This will be used for sharing helpful hints on how to handle the job, and also to help coordinators when issues arise. The contest coordinator will also send detailed instructions to all category coordinators for handling each phase of the contest. Additionally, everything is logged and kept online through a shared Google drive account.
Serving as category coordinator presents an opportunity to meet and network with other writers. Also, you will have access to critiques of all entries in your category. By reviewing these, you might pick up tips that may be useful in honing your craft. Finally, you will work directly with the final round judges – one editor and one literary agent – and they will know you on the day you send queries out for your own novel.
When volunteering to serve as category coordinator, please be aware that if you decide to enter Fab Five, you cannot be a category coordinator in the category you intend to enter.
If interested or if you have questions, please contact Molly Maka (Fab Five Contest Coordinator) at [email protected]
Thank you for your consideration!