Contest Judges


picture of Charlotte MatthewsCharlotte Matthews is the author of two full length collections of poetry, Still Enough to Be Dreaming and Green Stars. She is also the author of two chapbooks, A Kind of Devotion (Palanquin Press, 2004) and Biding Time (Half Moon Bay Press, 2005). Her work has recently appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Borderlands, Ecotone, Tar River Poetry, and storySouth. Most recently she received the 2007 New Writers Award from the Fellowship for Southern Writers. She is a graduate of The University of Virginia and The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She teaches in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia.


picture of Karen McElmurrayKaren Salyer McElmurray's Surrendered Child: A Birth Motherís Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editorís Pick by Oxford American, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Other stories and essays have appeared in Iron Horse, Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Riverteeth, and in the anthologies An Angle of Vision, Listen Here, Dirt, and To Tell the Truth. Her writing has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She currently teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Programs at West Virginia Wesleyan University and Murray State University. †


picture of Shelby Smoak Shelby Smoak's poetry, fiction, and nonfiction essays have appeared in journals and magazines such as Northern Virginia Review, Cucalorus, Juice, The Crutch, New Thought Journal, Cities and Roads, and Coastal Plains Poetry. He was awarded a Pen/American grant for writers living with HIV. His book Bleeder: A Memoir (published by Michigan State University Press) narrates his college struggles as a severe hemophiliac who contracted HIV via a blood transfusion. He lives with his wife and teaches writing in Northern Virginia.

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