The Cybils are awesome. There’s no better way to say it. I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved as a panelist for the last few years and it’s non-stop fun. Is it a lot of work? Hell yeah. You will be reading, and reading, and reading, and then reading some more. You will ignore your family and friends because you need to try every book for yourself. You will reread a lot of books to try and see what your fellow panelists might see in it that you missed the first time around.
The conversations you have with your fellow panelists will be enlightening and you will learn so much. It’s a frantic few months, but so worth all of the time and energy you will invest into it. So if you haven’t applied yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. And soon! The deadline is August 31st.
But you be chosen as a judge if you don’t put in your application! So get on it.