2014 Contests Judges

Poetry Judge

of Jeanne LarsenJeanne Larsen's latest book is Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems); she won the AWP award for her first collection of poetry, James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita. She has also published two books of poems translated from Chinese, most recently Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China . Her three novels, Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, and Manchu Palaces are now back in print. She directs the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Short Story Judge

of Michelle Garren FlyeMichelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women's fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances,” and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.” Her latest novel is Escape Magic, the second book in her Slight of Hand series. Her other novels include: Close Up Magic (book 1 in the Slight of Hand series), Ducks in a Row, Saturday Love (sequel to Ducks in a Row), and Where the Heart Lies.

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

Nonfiction Judge

of Janine LatusJanine Latus is the author of the international bestseller If I Am Missing or Dead: a sister's story of love, murder and liberation, which has been translated into six languages, including Mandarin. She is a contributing writer for Distinction magazine in Hampton Roads and has written for O, Woman's Day, Parents, Fitness, More and the inflights for most of the major airlines, and she is a frequent public speaker on topics as diverse as domestic violence and how to choose the perfect verb. She serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and has taught writing for nearly two decades, most recently at The Muse Writing Center in Norfolk.

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