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2025 Golden Crown Literary Awards

Call for Judges


Applications for Judges for the 2025 Golden Crown Literary Awards are now open until August 12, 2024.

You may apply to be a “reading” judge or a “narrator” judge. (Please note:  The audiobook category can and will have entries from multiple genres.)

Read through the Judging information page and click on the link at the bottom to begin the application process. You will need to fill in your personal information, select five preferred categories, and agree to the terms and conditions of the Judge's Agreement.

We'll consider all interested parties fairly, equitably, and professionally. We have categories that span a vast array of genres, so there is something that should pique many interests. All categories will have at least three (3) to five (5) assigned judges.

Judging and scoring must be completed no later than April 15, 2025. No exceptions. All judges selected will be notified via email regarding category assignment(s).

All judges must watch 2 trainings video and pass a short quiz to participate in the judging process. The trainings will include the judging process, a walk-through of the evaluation forms, and how to use the online Awards Management/Judging system.

Judges and other interested parties have provided excellent feedback in previous years. You've spoken, and we've listened. Thus, as Awards Administrators, we pledge the following:

  • Barring unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control, all posted deadlines will be met;
  • Appropriate training will be provided to judges regarding the evaluation process and the use of our online judging platform;
  • We will be available for questions concerning any aspect of the judging process;
  • Any and all emails sent to awards@goldencrown.org will receive a response within 24 hours of receipt (holidays excluded). Questions and problems will be addressed as quickly as possible and with frequent updates to the requester to ensure that there is a clear line of communication.

Thank you for volunteering! We look forward to a fun-filled awards season, culminating in our Annual Awards Ceremony taking place during the summer of 2025 (more details after the 2024 conference).

GCLS Awards Administrators


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