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.
Briana Chen is an avid reader and 17-year-old author of the Five Seals YA adventure series and is currently working on its second book. She has a keen interest in all things imagination. As a young author herself, she is passionate about supporting creativity in new generations of artists. Her website can be found at www.brianachen.com.
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.
Madeline Worrell is currently living in New Mexico with her family. She loves the outdoors, reading, and traveling. Madeline is the Moderator for Life Of a Book Addict on Goodreads, which has over 11,000 members. She owned a local newspaper for over 5 years and spent many hours, writing, editing, and organizing the layout. She loves working with kids and is very exciting about judging.
Osman Welela spends the right amount of time in his head. He has a degree in Computer Science and a modest skill in cooking a mean tea. He is the author of the fantasy series A Tale Of The Lost Arts. Stories shape his life more than anything else; they have done so since way before he began writing them up - he always enjoys the great ones whichever form they come in: movies, music, food, people, novels, etc. His latest work can be found at AFREADA, an online literary magazine for African writers. He lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find more about him here.
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 twenty-three titles (under two pen names). She is also a proofreader and editor 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.
Tamara Burross Grisanti grew up in Tennessee before moving to New York at nineteen, where she attended SUNY Buffalo State and earned a BA in English Literature. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Coffin Bell Journal (www.coffinbell.com), a journal of dark literature, and delights in reading, editing, and publishing exciting new work by emerging and established authors of all ages. A lifelong writer, she has been keeping journals since kindergarten, wrote her first poem in third grade, and her first novel series in seventh grade, but wasn't published until the age of twenty-two. Since then, she has regularly published poetry and short fiction in literary journals such as New World Writing, New Mexico Review, The Literary Hatchet, Chicago Literati, Eunoia Review, Corvus Review, and formercactus.
Vikas Khair wears many hats: a full time technology engineer, photographer, blogger, and owner of a baby booktube channel. He loves to read books and watch movies. He is currently working on his first book.