The Judges

Anne Anthony graduated from New York University with a BA in English and later earned a Masters of Professional Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She's been published in Easy Street, Literary Orphans, Firewords Quarterly, The North Carolina Literary Review and other journals. Her short story, Bathroom Break, recently placed in Brilliant Flash Fiction's themed contest. Read her prose and poetry here.

Before moving to Chapel Hill, Monica Sanchez was a linguistics professor at Brock University (Canada). When her short story, Rock Hunting, won a Grand Prize at an international writing contest, she decided to spend more time writing fiction, which she now does daily, happily ensconced in her very messy office.

Neal Katz is a semi-retired, successful, serial entrepreneur, CEO with a passion for women rights. He lives a life based on self-awareness and Love. He practices Yoga, meditates daily, has taught A Course in Miracles, produced Oregon wines under the LOVE, a Wine Co. label, enjoys reciting Vedic sutras, and writes his own inspirational poetry. His multi-award-winning book Outrageous is a historical fictionalized account of Victoria Woodhull's rise to presidential candidate and wealth, coming from poverty and abuse. His website may be found here.

Owen Thomas is a life-long Alaskan, a recovering lawyer and an avid reader. He has written three books: The Lion Trees, Signs of Passing, Lying Under Comets: A Love Story of Passion, Murder, Snacks and Graffiti. Owen maintains an active fiction and photography blog on his author website.

Russel Lazega is a lawyer, a columnist for the Aventura News, and the author of several leading textbooks of accident and insurance law. His recent multi-award-winning novel, Managing Bubbie, is a true story of his grandmother'ss incredible escape from the Nazis. The book is being made in a movie and has recently been recorded as a full-ensemble audiobook that has cast of Emmy/ Oscar/ Grammy/ Golden Globe winners of the likes: Linda Lavin, Gavin McLeod, Lainie Kazan, Judy Tenuta, Renee Taylor. His website may be found here.

Ruth Moose's first novel, Doing it at the Dixie Dew, won the 2013 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Award, published by St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books, May 2014. She was on the Creative Writing faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. She'ss published three collections of short stories, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt, Dreaming in Color and Neighbors and Other Strangers with individual stories in The Atlantic, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Southern California Review and other places including publications in Holland, South Africa, England and Denmark. Moose has published six collections of poetry, most recently, The Librarian and Other Poems and Tea. She'ss received, among other awards for poetry and short story, a MacDowell Fellowship and a prestigious Chapman Family Teaching Award. A native North Carolinian, she now lives in Pittsboro, NC. Her website may be found here.

Samantha Bryant is a teacher by day and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. You can find her Menopausal Superhero series on Amazon, or request it at your favorite independent (or big box) bookstore. Her website may be found here.