Charles Deemer muses on writing awards and the people who make up the judging panels:
A writing award is the collision of a judge’s taste and a particular work. This was brought home to me a little over a year ago when I was one of three judges for a number of lucrative awards given to playwrights and screenwriters. Three judges — myself, a woman in Texas and a guy in LA — were given over 70 scripts from which to nominate seven for these awards. So each of us listed the seven from the seventy that we’d give the award to.
We did not agree on a single script!
Think about that. We three judges nominated 21 different writers because no two judges agreed on even one of them for the award!
So if any one of us had been the judge alone, a completely different group of writers would have won the award. Think about what this really means. It means it’s a crap shoot.
So what did we do?
For the answer to that question go over to The Writing Life II.