2017 CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST JUDGE
Frances Lefkowitz’s To Have Not, her memoir of growing up poor in San Francisco, was named a Best Memoir of 2010 by Sheknows.com. She has published creative nonfiction (as well as fiction and flash) in The Sun, Tin House, Glimmer Train, New World Writing, Fiction, Memoir Journal, Superstition Review,Catamaran Literary Review, and Passages North. She has also worked as an editor, writing coach, reviewer, and workshop leader, with over one hundred articles in consumer magazines, and teaching credits at The Sun Magazine’s writing weekends at Esalen Institute, and the Catamaran Conference at Pebble Beach. Founder of the grant-funded Community Memoir Project, she teaches free memoir-writing workshops in public libraries, to help create a “history of the rest of us.”
2017 FLASH FICTION AND FLASH NONFICTION CONTEST JUDGE
Kara Vernor’s flash fiction has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, PANK, Monkeybicycle, Green Mountains Review, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She has been a Best Small Fictions finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, an MCWC Estelle Frank Fellow, and an Elizabeth George Foundation scholar. She is a reader for Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, and her flash fiction chapbook, Because I Wanted to Write You a Pop Song, is available from Split Lip Press.
2017 R.V. WILLIAMS FICTION CONTEST JUDGE
Kristin FitzPatrick is the author of the short story collection My Pulse Is An Earthquake (West Virginia University Press, Vandalia, 2015). Her stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Epiphany, Southeast Review, Necessary Fiction, Thomas Wolfe Review and The Best of Gival Press Short Stories. She has taught Creative Writing at California State University Channel Islands and is working on a novel.
2017 DONALD MARKOS POETRY CONTEST JUDGE
Nellie Hill’s work has appeared in literary journals including The American Poetry Review, The Briar Cliff Review, The Naugatuk River Review, The Harvard Magazine, Psychological Perspectives, Commonweal, and The Belleview Literary Review. Of her five chapbooks of poetry, the most recent is Winter Horse (Finishing Line Press).