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Examples of Inky Awards judge applications

The process for the Inky Awards teen judges involves:

  • answering some simple questions about you
  • attaching an application on your reading

The application part (don’t be scared) can be submitted in prose or video form. The video part may excite…or terrify…you but don’t worry, we have some examples to help you decide what direction you’d like to head in.

Just remember we also want to get a sense of you as a person. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email our team.

Jordan (2015 Inky Awards judge)

Advice from Lily (2013 Inky Awards judge)

Here’s an example of the written application:

Elizabeth (2012 Inky Awards judge)

I would love to be a judge for the Inky Awards. 

Pertinent details:
I’m Elizabeth, age 14, Queensland.

I have been an avid reader my whole life – people ask me what I did on the holidays/ weekend/ afternoon, I invariably reply that I read. This is, I think, one of the most important characteristics of an Inkys judge. Furthermore, I grew up on classics (first reading Pride and Prejudice at 11!), and I think that this has to some extent shaped my discerning taste (if I do say so myself!) in young adult literature. Whilst a lot of my peers enjoy the work of Maria V. Snyder, Cat Patrick, and, dare I say it, Stephanie Meyer, I have always found such books quite lacking in depth and a quality sort of writing style. I would love to be an Inkys judge, as I would love to have the opportunity to show people that there’s more to YA than these mass-produced, hyped up American books. Books like those of Cath Crowley, or Melina Marchetta, probably my very favourite author. I read her ‘Saving Francesca’ for a school project, and from the very first line, I was hooked. I love her ability to capture and transport readers; for those few hours, you are there, you are with the characters, part of the crowd, seeing them and feeling them and touching them. Her way with words and ability to convey emotion is simply sublime: her language has the power to take you from gales of laughter one moment to sobbing the next (no hyberbole! promise!).

How many books do I read a month? About 10 (which perfectly matches the specified time frame! But I just averaged it out from my Goodreads tracker –  if you want to check 🙂 I think, at least according to the calendar on your website, that a school holiday would be in the two months, so I am sure there would be no issues there.

Well I think that’s all I have to tell you. Thank you for reading my little application!