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31st May
to 18th July
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Multilingual judges required for Mother Tongue Other Tongue

31st May to 18th July
Do you have an interest in poetry? Are you multilingual? Apply to be a judge for this year's Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition for 8-18 year olds.

This is an opportunity for students who are multi-lingual or who are learning another language, who also have an interest in poetry in other languages, to be judges for this year’s Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition for 8-18 year olds.

Entries in both categories – Mother Tongue (poetry in a home language, judged on the basis of a commentary written in English) and Other Tongue (an opportunity for children to be creative in a language that they are learning) are currently being submitted. Judging will begin on 6th June, after the competition deadline has passed and entries have been logged.


 We are looking for people with a genuine interest in poetry and languages, who can spend time between 6th June and 4th July working as a team to read, judge and then edit pieces for the digital anthology.

Further information about the project, including the competition rubric and judging criteria can be found here: scroll down and click on ‘North West England’ tab.


Hours expected:

Approx 2 days for initial reading of entries and scoring, with a fairly tight turnaround (6th-19th june).

Initial meeting on 14th June (Friday) – time tba approx 4 hours

w/c 17th June – times tba – approx 4 hours for follow up meeting

Plus approx 6 hours editing of winning entries to enter onto ppt slides.

w.c 24th June – final judging meetings and further editing – approx 10 hours total.

optional attendance at Celebration event on 18th July – 4 hours.

So total hours across the 6 weeks of the project would be approx 42

Please apply, with a brief paragraph, giving details of your own language story, why you would like to be included on the judging panel and any relevant experience. Please list any languages spoken/written and level of competency.  

Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate online... to judge a multi-lingual poetry competition with international profile
  • Influence and encourage ... by helping young people to be proud of their languages and heritage by showcasing their work in a digital anthology
  • Make a difference... encourage a new generation of young people to appreciate diversity of cultures and languages
  • Develop... editing experience and help create an anthology that will be distributed online in schools nationally
  • Gain Recognition... with an invitation to participate in the national celebration in July and a formal editing credit
  • Earn up to 175 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • personal_video 11:00 to 15:00 on 31/05/24 - Takes place online
    Briefing Session - MTOT judges (everyone must attend)
    Explaining the competition judging process and scoring criteria, run through the key dates for delivery of scores and confirm meeting dates. Judging groups will be allocated ready for distribution of entries next week.
  • call_split 06/06/24 to 10/06/24
    Reading and Judging of Mother Tongue Other Tongue entries
    Competition entries will be shared electronically with all judges. Judges will be required to read, comment and score on a shared document.
  • call_split 10:00 to 17:00 on 14/06/24
    First stage judging meetings - online or in person
    Based on scores submitted, initial meetings will look at discrepancies across judges to agree first stage selections. Meeting times tba and arranged according to languages and categories. Must be available today.
  • call_split 17/06/24 to 21/06/24
    Second Stage Judging meetings and editorial tasks
    Meetings to agree final submissions (2-4 hours). Plus individual editing tasks allocated. (This will involve judges entering winning submissions onto a ppt template for the digital anthology. Instruction given.)
  • call_split 24/06/24 to 28/06/24
    Editing and final selection
    Checking and editorial input for pieces to be included in the anthology. By direction with project lead. Will result in editorial anthology credit.
  • place 10:00 to 20:00 on 18/07/24 - Grosvenor East Building
    Mother Tongue Other Tongue Celebration day (Optional PM and Evening)
    Participating schools are invited to this day of workshops and events and judges are invited to be involved. Some paid opportunities may be available for those wishing to work this event.