Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Award



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Romance Writers of Australia

Emerald Award



Round 1 Critique Sheet




Refer to ‘guidelines for judges’ before you begin

Entry #




Title



Year











Type/subgenre



Judge #







This entry is wonderful - just as good as those already published

This entry needs just a few minor adjustments - otherwise a great story!

This entry needs moderate adjustments - otherwise a good effort

This entry needs significant revision in order to satisfy me as a reader


This entry has too many problems that distracted me from enjoying it

SCORE FOR THIS STORY


  1. Did the first few pages make you want to read on?



5

4

3

2

1



  1. Did you enjoy reading about the main character/s?



5

4

3

2

1



  1. Did you want to find out more about the main character/s and their story?



5

4

3

2

1



  1. Please answer either part A or part B, not both -:

A) If a romance between the main characters is shown, did you enjoy the romantic element? Was the growth of romantic feelings between the characters believable and not too rushed?


OR

B) If there was no romance between the main characters, did you enjoy the connection between the main characters? Was the growth of this connection believable and something you wanted to continue reading about?



5

4

3

2

1




  1. Was the storyline understandable and did it seem to be growing toward something you want to continue to read?




5

4

3

2

1




  1. Overall impact — To what extent did this story impact positively on you?

(the key for allocating this score is in the judges guideline) Score out of 10 marks


Total score (max = 35)





The following is a comments section. It is not marked, but as much judge feedback as possible is appreciated to enable the writer to understand your marks and improve on the novel.


  1. Please comment on what you liked about the main character/s and what you enjoyed in the storyline/plot.(If you need more space use the back of the sheet or attach a page)


  1. Please comment on what you thought the writer could improve on in the story and their writing. If you didn’t connect to the character/s – why? What didn’t work for you in the storyline/plot? (If you need more space use the back of the sheet or attach a page)



  1. Was there anything that set this entry apart? (Attach more sheets, if required)








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