The Judges Our judges include writers, bloggers, and other publishing professions. We're going to keep this page updated as we add more judges.
Alexandra Williamson Hubbell was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She attended NC State University, where she received a BA in English. She has been writing since she was very young, but only recently began publicizing her work. Her full-length play, The Bridge, won the 2017 Chrysalis Project through the Cary Playwright's Forum. This spring, Burning Coal Theater Company's Oakwood Lives festival will produce her most recent one-act play, From a City of Small Buildings. She is based in Raleigh, NC, and is working on her first novel.
By day, James Hockley works in an office, but by night he lets his imagination run wild. So far he has self-published two works of YA fantasy fiction (just dipping his toes in...), but there is more to come. He also enjoys reading fantasy fiction, as well as sharing his writing experiences (both good and very very bad). Check out his blog, where he regularly writes reviews.
Jodie Reed is a BA Creative Writing graduate from Falmouth University, Cornwall (UK) where her dissertation received an award and her first pieces of work were published. Since her studies, she's turned her hand to article writing for several sites as well as gaining experience in the publishing industry, while continuing to work on her first novel. She also reads over 60 books a year. She is based just outside London and can probably be found squirreled away somewhere near a radiator, with some herbal tea and the three books she's currently reading.
Pankaj Goyal is an archaeozoologist, assistant editor of a journal called Man and Environment, and an avid reader. In addition to jointly publishing a book titled Animal Husbandry and Allied Technologies in Ancient India , he has contributed a number of popular articles on www.indianscience.org related to the history of Indian science and technology. His blog (pgalmora.wordpress.com) is one of the most followed blogs in India.
Rebecca McNutt has been an author since she was twelve and still continues to publish new books, including her New York set novella Bittersweet Symphony and her short stories Perfect Little Angel and Restless Souls & Shallow Graves. She lives in Halifax, Canada and is currently studying Library Technology and English while pursuing an eventual career in media law.
SF Benson published her first book, Regress: the Alliance Chronicles, in 2016. Since then, she's published eight titles and also proofreads manuscripts under her publishing imprint, Avanturine Press LLC. She believes in spreading good karma and enjoys helping other authors. Her author website can be found here.
Simon Brading is an author from London, England, living in Barcelona, Spain. He has published nine books, including the five-part YA time travel Displacers series and two books in a middle-grade ballet series Twin Ambitions. He is currently working on a new Steampunk series set in a fighter squadron during World War 2. He also occasionally acts and has appeared in various films and TV series shot in Spain as well as numerous ad campaigns around the world. His website can be found here.