Become a Question Writer

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Interested in Becoming a Question Writer?

The OBOB committee is now accepting applications for writers for the 2022 tournaments.

About the Position

OBOB question writers are assigned one book from the official OBOB reading list to read in its entirety and use to write trivia questions. Writers’ questions are then edited and formatted, and they become the official questions used in all local, regional, and state level OBOB tournaments. Writers must be familiar with OBOB and understand how the tournament is structured, as well as know the procedure for individual battles.


  • Write concisely and use correct grammar
  • Use Microsoft Exel
  • Attend a mandatory conference call training
  • Communicate with OBOB editors as needed
  • Adhere to submission deadline
  • Read a minimum of one title from the official OBOB list
  • Write fifty original In Which Book questions
  • Write fifty original Content questions
  • Read and adhere to the OBOB Question Writing Guidelines
  • Keep all official OBOB questions confidential
  • Must not be a 2021-22 OBOB participant (student)

Dates and Deadlines

  • April 15, 2021: Application deadline
  • Attend a mandatory conference call training prior to writing questions:

April 21, 2021; 7:00-8:00 PM


April 24, 2021; 9:00-10:00 AM

  • May-June 2021: Read assigned OBOB book and write questions
  • June 30, 2021: Final deadline to submit questions to division level editors


If you are interested in being an official OBOB question writer, click on this link to apply:

If you have questions, contact:


Kelly Bartlett
OBOB Questions Editor