2021 Contest Judges

Dr.  Anne Meek Poetry Prize Judge

Dennis Mahagin

Dennis Mahagin

Dennis Mahagin’s poems have appeared in journals such as Stirring: A Literary Collection, The Nervous Breakdown, Exquisite Corpse, Connotation Press, Everyday Genius, Elimae, Verse Wisconsin, Necessary Fiction, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and the Good Men Project.

He is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Grand Mal, from Rebel Satori Press, and Longshot & Ghazal, from Mojave River Press. He also edits poetry for Frigg Magazine. He's currently at work on his third poetry collection, entitled Ghost Writer.

Dennis is especially drawn to lyric poetry, such as that of James Wright, Franz Wright, Dennis Johnson, and Gregory Corso.

Fiction Judge

Andrew Bertaina

Andrew BertainaAndrew Bertaina's short story collection One Person Away From You (2021) won the Moon City Press Fiction Award (2020). He has an MFA from American University in Washington, DC.

His fiction has appeared in Witness Magazine, Redivider, Orion, The Best American PoetryWitness Magazine Magic Issue, Tin House "Everyone", Trampset "The City on the Plain", Hobart "The Dog and I", Heavy Feather Review "A Good Day's Work", Matchbook "Passing", JMWW "Dream Mother", Atticus Review "The Harvest", Bending Genres "Misunderstanding Mother", Hobart "It Rained Laughter", Cease, Cows "In the Garden", Eclectica Magazine "Being and Time", Prism Review Issue 20 "Waking Dreams", Sierra Nevada Review Volume 26 "One Person Away From You", Catamaran Literary Reader Summer 2016 Issue  "Something Miraculous", Sierra Nevada Review Summer 2018 "Things She's Tired of Hearing", The Threepenny Review "A Translator's Note", Pthead Chapel ", Fiction Southeast "It Sings", Flash Fiction Press "The Nature of Time", Wilderness House Literary Review "Forty Days", StoryChord "A Woman's Life: An Abridged Version", Eunoia Review "Migrations", NanoismMicrofiction Monday Magazine "Across Town", Apt "When We Lived by the Sea", Cease, Cows "The Earth in its Flight", Necessary Fiction "Of Lakes and Swans", Whiskey Paper "That Summer", Bull "Angel", Bookends Review "Brothers", Foliate Oak "The Secret", Toasted Cheese Literary Journal "Years ago, In firenze", 99 Pine Street "The Finger and the War", Gambling the Aisle "Too Late For All That", The Journal of Microliterature "I Still Love You From the Other Side of this Bottle of Whiskey", OxMag "Changes", Literary Orphans "A Retraction", Literary Orphans "Come Winter", Gravel "The Note", Literary Orphans "The Journey", Crack the Spine "Due North", Molotov Cocktail "The Baby", OxMag "River Walk". 


Nonfiction Judge

Dinty W. Moore

Picture of Dinty W. MooreDinty W. Moore is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, To Hell with it, The Accidental Buddhist, and the writing guides The Story Cure, Crafting the Personal Essay, The Mindful Writer, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy, The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction, among many other books.

He has published essays and stories in The Georgia Review, Harper's, The Southern Review, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne ReaderCrazyhorse, Okey-Panky, Writer's Digest and elsewhere.

He is founding editor of Brevity, the journal of flash nonfiction, and teaches master classes and workshops across the United States as well as in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico.