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FictionFive Contest Judging Score Sheet - Sample
Score each of the below eight sections from 1-5.
Add constructive comments/ feedback in each section. Remember to balance positive and constructive feedback. Your feedback will be shared anonymously with the author.

Scoring Guide
5 = Flawless/ Ready for publication
4 = Very Good
3 = Good
2 = Fair
1 = Poor/ Needs major revisions
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- Section #1: Opening (E.g. is the opening paragraph compelling? Is there a hook that makes you want to keep reading?)
Opening - Score: _____
Opening - Feedback_____
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- Section #2: Characterization (E.g. are the main characters likable or relatable? Are the main characters’ goals and motivations clear and consistent? Are characters multi-dimensional?)
Characterization - Score_____
Characterization - Feedback_____
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- Section #3: Plotting (E.g. did you figure out the main conflict that will drive the book? Is the conflict organic? Is the plot original or overused in fiction?)
Plotting - Score_____
Plotting - Feedback_____
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- Section #4: World/Setting (E.g. did you understand the date and time of the story? Is the world building believable? Is the world vividly described using all senses?)
World/Setting - Score_____
World/Setting - Feedback_____
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- Section #5: Pacing (E.g. does the scene progress smoothly or were there areas dragging? Are the characters’ backgrounds presented organically without lengthy info dumps?)
Pacing - Score_____
Pacing - Feedback_____
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- Section #6: Voice (E.g. is the author’s style unique and/or intriguing? Does the voice and tone fit the plot?)
Voice - Score_____
Voice - Feedback_____
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- Section #7: Dialogue (E.g. is the dialogue believable and not “info-dumpy”? Each character has a distinct voice? Is there too much/too little dialogue?)
Dialogue - Score_____
Dialogue - Feedback_____
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- Section #8: Craft (E.g. did grammar/ punctuation detract from the story? Is there telling vs. showing? Any POV slips? Is the story overall easy to read?)
Craft - Score_____
Craft - Feedback_____