2016 Judges & Evaluation Process

We are proud to continue a multi-stage judging process, which includes three phases of review. After meeting a specified set of criteria in Round 1, the top 20 percent of entries are moved on to Round 2. Round 2 of the process narrows the entrants down to 40-60 finalists in each subcategory by combining the scores from Round 1 and Round 2. Round 3, the final step in the process, determines the winners in each of the three categories by combining the scores of all three judging phases. These finalists are then reviewed and discussed by our judging panel and our final winners are determined.

Claudia Arioli - Artist, Writer, Editor
Michael Braff - Associate Editor - Del Rey Books - Random House Publishing Group
Billy Collins - Author - Random House
Robert V. Conte - Graphic Novel Author
Haley Davis - Associate Diversified Sales - Penguin Random House
Janice Erlbaum - Author - Villard Books
Eliot Figman - Publisher - Poets & Writers Magazine
Deborah Garrison - Poetry Editor - Pantheon Books
Sean Geary - National Accounts Manager - Penguin Random House
Erin Gruwell - Broadway Author - President, Freedom Writers Foundation
Lauren Helms - Team Coordinator - Dorling Kindersley
Rosa Henriquez - Legal Assistant - Penguin Random House
Richard Hoehler - Actor, Writer & Teaching Artist
Dana Isokawa - Assistant Editor - Poets & Writers Magazine
Megha Jain - Production Editor - Penguin Publishing Group
Colin Johnson - Co-Founder/Principal - Caged Bird Legacy, LLC
Evelyn Polesny - Writer, Educator & Actress
Areva Ragle - Senior Production Designer - Dorling Kindersley
Natalie Riera - Senior Manager, Digital Workflow - Penguin Random House
Barbara Rothenberg - President - New York City Association Principals Supervising English
Samantha Seerman - eBook Production Manager - Penguin Random House
Phillip Stamper - Manager, Publishing Development & Author Platforms - Penguin Random House
Jo Umans - Executive Director - Behind the Book
Rob Valois - Executive Editor - Penguin Young Readers


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