Dear SDBA Judge (or judge to be),

Thank you for considering participation as a judge for the San Diego Book Awards Association!

If you are willing to judge this year, please click the following button to fill out the form.

It’s just that simple!

Once you receive the books, please read critically and keep in mind that each book should be evaluated on its own. There’s no need to return them. As a judge, you keep all the books sent to you.

A minimum of three judges read each book, and evaluations are averaged between the judges. The overall score is combined, and your choice of genre winner helps determine the order of the finalists and the SDBA winner. Please do not forget to select your choices for the Geisel (Best Published)  or Chet (Best Unpublished) Award.

Remember that these books are labors of love. Comments addressing the book’s strengths and weaknesses should be instructive, constructive, and kind, but honest. In addition to the judging form, use additional pages (if needed) to describe each book’s strengths and weaknesses. Many authors have included a SASE and will receive a copy of your judging sheet.

UNPUBLISHED

Novel

Memoir

Short Story

Novel for Children Age 9-12

Novel for Children Age 12 and up

Young Adult (YA) Novel

Poetry Chapbook

PUBLISHED POETRY

PUBLISHED NONFICTION

General
Humor
Animals
Other General
Children/Young Adult 
Picture Book (Toddler – 2nd Grade)
Children (3rd-8th Grade)
Young Adult (High School/College)
Specialized Non-Fiction
Biography/Autobiography
Memoir
Business
Military
Politics
Science
Local Interest
History
Health/Medicine
Psychology/Social Sciences
Self-help
Spiritual/Inspirational
Travel
Cookbook
Arts & Crafts 

PUBLISHED FICTION

General
Historic
Mainstream
Literary
Children/Young Adult
Picture Book (Toddler – 2nd Grade)
Children (3rd-8th Grade)
Young Adult (High School/College)
Romance
Historic Romance
General Romance
Mystery/Suspense
Mystery
Suspense
Anthology 
Short Story Collection (single author)
Anthology (single or multiple authors)
SciFi/Fantasy 
SciFi
Fantasy
Horror

Contact us below if:

  • You would like to change one or more of your genres or contact information
  • You need your evaluation forms printed (they will be sent to you by the Judging Chair of your categories)
  • You would like a certificate of participation for judging the SDBA Book and Writing Awards