LH 2013 Score Sheets

2013 LITERARY HARVEST CONTEST SCORE SHEETS CONTENTS

SHORT FICTION:
  1. Opening draws reader in and promises satisfying story.
  2. Strong command of language, vivid imagery, and narrative voice is distinct and engaging. Writing is well-paced and free of cliches. Dialogue moves story along.
  3. Plot original, story shape well developed.
  4. Sense of place and characters well drawn.
  5. Theme is universal, thought-provoking.
  6. Mechanics: Spelling is accurate and there are no grammatical errors.
  7. Point of view is clear and point is view shifts are intentional.
NON-FICTION AND ESSAY
  1. Opening draws the reader in with the promise of an interesting article or story.
  2. Author fully establishes knowledge of topic and backs up with presentation of facts.
  3. Strong command of language, narrative voice is dependable, distinct and engaging.
  4. Writing is well-paced and free of cliches.
  5. Premise shows originality.
  6. Content is skillful presentation of a thought-provoking theme.
  7. Mechanics: Spelling is accurate and there are no grammatical errors.
  8. Skillful development of facts leading to a cohesive conclusion. 
MEMOIR

      1.  Opening draws reader in and provides a hook. 
      2.  Original premise and skillful portrayal or a personal experience. 
      3.  Strong command of language. Narrative voice is distinct, fresh and engaging.
      4.  Writing is well-paced and free of clich├ęs. Tone is harmonious with topic. 
      5.  Author engages in relevant introspection. 
      6.  Reveals story in a way that causes reader to engage and connect. 
      7.  Mechanics: Spelling is accurate and there are no grammatical errors.

POETRY

     1.    Originality 
     2.    Excellent rhythm when “read aloud.” Poem has flow.
     3.     Does the poet use imagery effectively? Writer paints images with words.
     4.     Subject matter is emotionally engaging and is likely to resonate with multiple readings.
     5.    Writer uses poetic conventions and devices effectively. 
     6.  Command of language: symbolism, repetition, line breaks.   
     7.    Mechanics: Spelling is accurate and there are no grammatical errors. 
     8.  Appearance or shape on the page contributes to the experience of reading poem.

 


 

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