Interested in Judging our Contest?


   NJCTE High School Writing Contest judges are NCTE and NJCTE members from around the state who desire to share their knowledge of literature and the writing process by reviewing entries for our contest each spring.  Retired and active teachers and professors, graduate students, even professional writers maintaining ties to the teaching community - our judges go through an on-line training process to familiarize them with the DropBox interface we use.  They also receive rubrics for each genre to clarify the judging process. 


Judges can choose to participate in either first round or second round judging.  Each entry is judged by two readers in the first round.  Entries receiving higher scores move on to a second round, and are assigned to an additional two reviewers for final judging.


For more information, contact Michele Marotta, NJCTE 2014 HS Writing Contest Director at

Professional Development Hours

 Our judges receive three professional development credits for each round of entries they judge. They are also invited to attend the Writing Contest Reception held at the end of April. While honoring our young authors, we also recognize the talents and contributions of our judges and other members of the teaching community who have helped to support our contest. All of you who share your time and expertise with us make it possible for an increasing number of students, districts and counties to participate each year.

NJCTE HS Writing Contest Judging Information
This document provides an overview of how our contest is run and explains how to become involved as a Writing Contest Committee member or a judge.
Introduction to Writing Contest.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 72.1 KB