The judging for the INSPYs takes place in two stages.

First Stage
Once the period for book nominations has closed, the INSPYs Advisory Board will review the nominations and create a shortlist for each category of five books each. This will be a collaborative process and every effort will be made to read at least a sampling of every book nominated.

Second Stage
The shortlists will then be passed onto the preselected judges. All judges must be bloggers with some book reviewing experience. These judges will consider the books and select the winner.