Judging a Zealous call

1. Process Overview

Judging on Zealous was created to be as simple and quick as possible. Here’s a very quick overview of the process to help you decide if you’d like to take part.

Someone has thought you would be the best person to help curate their call for which they are taking submissions on Zealous.

Register / Log in to Zealous to accept to judge the call. If you accept we’ll keep you updated via email when judging opens, 2 days before the judging deadline, when judging ends and as soon as the final results are published.

Update Profile

Take 5 minutes to edit your profile to look your best for potential exposure from any PR relating to the call.

View each candidate in sequence. Entering a score from 1 to 7 will automatically bring you to the next entry. You can measure progress and access an overview of all your scores at any time. Your scores are private and will not be seen by the candidates.

You’re able to revise any of your scores at any time prior to the judging deadline.


The scores of all the judges are tallied automatically, sorting the best candidates at the top for organisers to confirm those selected (either the final selection or those going onto the next round). You’ll get an email when the final selection is published.

2. Judging Invitation

If you’ve received an email from Zealous inviting you to judge an open call, it’s because someone hosting an opportunity on our network thought of you as an ideal curator to help them source creative talent for one of their projects.

If you already have an account, you can skip this step and go straight to Judging Request

Should you wish to accept the invitation to help curate the call, you’ll need to register to Zealous (won’t take more than 2 minutes).

This allows us to secure the judging process and remind you of key dates in the call. It also provides you with an opportunity to customise your profile, to make sure any exposure the call gets will be translated into exposure for you and your work. (See making the most out of judging profile)

3. Accepting / Declining to Judge

Upon logging in you should be forwarded to your Alerts page (you can access it at any time by clicking on the orange circle in the top menu). Here you can either Accept or Decline to be involved.

This page lists all the alerts needing your attention, in order of relevance. You should find the request to judge in the banner (if you’ve been invited to multiple calls, it may be further down the list).

Should you decline, we’ll let the call organisers know that you’re unable to take part. Should you accept, we’ll send you an occasional email to let you know when you’ll be able to start judging. If submissions are already in, you’ll be presented with an alert informing you that you can start judging straight away.

4. Scoring Entries
NOTE You can score entries in your own time until the final selection has been made by the opportunity organiser.

You’ll get an email from us as soon as we’re ready for you to begin judging candidates. You’ll be required to log in, which will bring you directly to your Alerts Page. The banner will inform you that you can begin judging now.

TIP If you’re expecting a large quantity of submissions and you’re invited to judge an opportunity with only one round of judging, or the shortlist, you can begin judging as soon as the first submission comes in!

As soon as you click on ‘Score Entries’, you’ll be redirected to the first unscored entry. In the banner, you will find the score bar and information about the opportunity. Your progress scoring candidates will be on the left, and all the relevant information about the current entry on the right.

The works the candidate has submitted
The form filled out for the application
Portfolio (optional)
Any other projects that candidate has undertaken
Team (optional)
Anyone who worked on the project with the candidate

Scoring an entry is as simple as choosing a number in the banner (1 being the worst, 7 being the best). As soon as the score is saved, you will automatically be brought to the next candidate until you’ve scored all entries.

Once you’ve scored all entries you will automatically be brought to the overview of all your scores, where you can make any further amendments (see revising scores)

Should you wish to skip a candidate without scoring them or go back to a previous submission, you can do so with the arrows on the banner (left arrow – previous candidate; right arrow – next candidate).

5. Overview / Revising Scores
NOTE You can access the overview at any time by clicking on the circular button indicating the opportunity organiser.

Once you’ve scored all entries you will automatically be brought to the overview of all your scores.

If you’d like to change any of your scores, click on the score and the full range of scores will appear. You can select your new score which will then be saved.

6. Your Profile

Part of the pleasures of judging an open call (other than discovering amazing work!) is the free exposure it will bring you and your work.

If all you have is 5 minutes, the fastest way to generate interest is by editing your basic profile information. You can do so by clicking on your name in the top menu and clicking the little pen icon next to the circular profile image.

This will allow you to update your name and location, add a short description and website. It’s also recommended that you upload a profile image to look your very best as a judge.

If you want a truly rich, creative profile, you can upload a few of your projects, offering candidates and the press covering the call you are judging, an insight into your work.

If you want a truly rich, creative profile, you can upload a few of your projects, offering candidates and the press covering the call you are judging, an insight into your work.

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