Submissions have the creator's name removed from them prior to judging. This means our judges will analyze everything based solely on its merit, without taking the creator (or their prestige), into account. Of course this becomes impossible with video submissions in which the creator is the focus.
Standardized Rating System
Every judge uses the same scoring sheet to review submissions. This improves consistency across judges, as well as improving consistency for judges across submissions. Each category has it's own sheet for reviewing, below is an example of the scoring sheet for short stories.
Fair and Honest
Every submission will be scored by the same judges, (in a given category). The "final score" of the judges will be added together and each piece which scores over 75% will be published (those scored over 95% will receive our "Judges Choice Award"). All judges are required to approach reviewing in a serious and focused manner and will give your submission their undivided attention. Upon request we will provide you with a copy of your score sheet(s) and any notes made by our judges.
Everyone at Heart & Mind Zine is dedicated to selecting the very best material to be published. As a result, we cannot publish every submission we receive. If your submission is not chosen, it, in no way means that your work is not appreciated by our judges.