Thanks for a great contest in 2020. Northern Lights Contest information will be updated for 2021 toward the end of January.

Information for Minnesotan judges

This year, MAGC is swapping judging duties with NC3C — "the MAGC of North Carolina." Sometime between February 10 and 24, MAGC's judges will receive a welcome email from NC3C indicating which categories they have been assigned. Judging will take place February 24 – March 6*. Please complete your judging duties as soon as you are able.

*Note: the original start and end dates for judging were a week earlier than what's now listed above. NC3C extended its entry period by a week, resulting in the change.

Benefits of judging

  • $5 contest entry discount:  Judges can get 5 bucks off each entry they submit in this year's contest.
  • $10 award ceremony discount: Judges get a discount on their ticket to the awards ceremony in May.
  • See what other organizations are doing: Judging may inspire you, and it may validate the work you’ve been doing.
  • Contribute to MAGC's success: Serving as a judge is a critical function that takes a lot of people. It's an easy way to help out as an MAGC member. 

Judges must...

  • Have at least two years of professional experience in the categories they judge.
  • Agree to review all submissions assigned to them before the stated deadline.

The time commitment to be a judge depends on the number of entries in the category you will be judging. Last year, most categories received between 3 and 8 entries. We ask judges to offer thoughtful comments about each entry, so it's not uncommon for judging all entries in a category to take a couple of hours.

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