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The Adjudication Process
- ADJUDICATORS: Adjudicators are selected at the
recommendation of the Arts and Letters Awards Advisory Committee. A new
slate of adjudicators is brought forward each year.
- WHO SEES THE ENTRIES: The adjudication of entries takes
place at arms-length from the Arts and Letters Awards Advisory Committee.
Entries are seen only by the adjudicators and government staff assigned to the
Only after the announcement of the winners are any entries
presented to the public. This consists of a public exhibition of winning and
selected entries in the visual arts sections and winning entries in the
Literary, Music and Digital Multimedia sections. Following the announcement of
the winners, award-winning entries (or excerpts thereof) in all sections are
posted on the Arts and Letters website with the permission of the entrant.
- RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY: An adjudicator may not submit an
entry to any section in the year s/he is adjudicating. Entrants are not
permitted to submit an entry to a section if that section is being adjudicated
by an immediate family member. Family members are permitted to enter in any
other section for which they are otherwise eligible. Members of the Arts and
Letters Awards Advisory Committee are not permitted to submit entries.
However, this restriction does not apply to family members of the committee.
- BLIND JUDGING: Every measure is taken to ensure that the
adjudication is a blind judging process, i.e. the identity of the entrants
remains unknown to the adjudicators. In the case of the literary and music
sections, no names are attached to the entries. In the case of the visual arts
section, any names attached to the pieces, including signatures on the work
itself, are hidden. The committee recognizes that because we live in a
relatively small artistic community, the style of a piece may be an indication
to an adjudicator that it is the work of a particular artist known to her/him.
In such cases, adjudicators are asked not to disclose the identity of an
entrant to other adjudicators.
- RELEASE OF NAMES OF ADJUDICATORS: A list of the names of
the adjudicators is released to the general public at the time the winners are
announced. Adjudicators are asked to restrict the awareness of their
participation in the judging of the Arts and Letters Awards to immediate
family members, until such time as the list of names of the adjudicators is
- WRITTEN ADJUDICATIONS: For those entrants who request it,
adjudicators are required to complete a brief written adjudication to be
returned to the entrant following the end of the adjudication process. If
there is more than one adjudicator in a section, the task of writing the
comments is shared between adjudicators.
- The Arts and Letters Awards Advisory Committee recognizes adjudicators
have their own methods of arriving at their decisions. However, adjudicators
are encouraged to consider an entry’s demonstration of the following:
- artistic skill
- artistic vision
- innovation and imagination
- contribution to the artistic practice in that genre/discipline