2013 storySouth Million Writers Award

Semi-Final Judges

SUSAN KIRBY-SMITH earned an MFA in Fiction from Louisiana State University, where she also served on the editorial staffs of The Southern Review and LSU Press. Her work has appeared in The Wordstock Ten and Kill Author, among other places. She currently directs the Writing and Professional Center at American Language Academy and provides manuscript critiques through the North Carolina Writer’s Network.

JEFF MARTIN’s stories have appeared in or are forthcoming in Mid-American Review, The Greensboro Review, Sou'wester, storySouth, and The Florida Review. He teaches literature and composition at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and is the Associate Director of the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop.

JASON STANFORD co-founded the literary journal storySouth, through which he founded the Million Writers AwardHis critical essays and book reviews have been published in places like The New York Review of Science Fiction and The Pedestal Magazine, and he writes a monthly column for the Czech SF magazine XB-1. He also coined the term “SciFi Strange.” Depending on your thoughts about that subgenre, you can either thank or curse him. In keeping with his passion for Sci-Fi, Jason is a proud and active member of the SFWA. Born and raised in the American South, Jason currently lives in the Midwestern U.S. with his wife and sons. His life’s adventures have included working as an archeologist and a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Preliminary Judges

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, LENA ANDERSSON grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, with intermediate stops in Canada, Texas, California, and Colorado. After Hurricane Katrina, she relocated to Upstate New York, where she teaches composition and literature at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, NY. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, writing, exploring, and being outdoors.

RICHARD BOWES has published six novels, four short story collections and seventy stories. He has won two World Fantasy Awards, an International Horror Guild and a Million Writer Award. 2013 has been a busy year: Lethe Press published Dust Devil on a Quiet Street and republished his 1999 Lambda Award-winning Minions of the Moon. Also out this year is an illustrated book of modern fairy tales, The Queen, the Cambion and Seven Others from Aqueduct and If Angels Fight, a career spanning story collection from Fairwood. Recent and forthcoming story appearances include: F&SF, Icarus, Lightspeed, The Revelator and the anthologies After, Wilde Stories 2013, Heiresses of Russ 2013, Ghost's: Recent Hauntings, Handsome Devil, Hauntings, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances, Fiction River, Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations, Best Gay Stories, 2014, Once Upon A Time.

GREGORY BROWN hails from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. In 2006 he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and in 2008 he completed an M.A. (also in English Lit) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2013 he finished his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he currently teaches literature and writing. He is the recipient of the Roy Daniells Memorial Essay Prize and his writing has appeared in Postscript and Paragon.

KATIE CHAPLE is the author of Pretty Little Rooms (Press 53, August 2011), winner of the 2012 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry through Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She teaches poetry and writing at the University of West Georgia and edits Terminus Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Mead, New South, Passages North, storySouth, The Rumpus, Washington Square, and others.

MIKE DARIANO is a reader, runner, and writer who is a stay at home dad for his two young daughters. His website is www.MikeDariano.net.

ROBERT LAUGHLIN lives in Chico, California. He has published 100 short stories, 200 poems and one novel, Vow of Silence. Two of his short stories have been named Million Writers Award Notable Stories; this is his third appearance as a Million Writers Award preliminary judge.

SEAN MARKEY is a digital marketer living in Salt Lake City, UT. His fiction has been published in Strange Horizons and Sybil’s Garage, among other fine zines. When not writing or building websites, Sean enjoys playing the drums, watching videos of baby owls, and dreaming of a life as a storm chaser.

ROB McMONIGAL is a science fiction writer and comics reviewer at www.panelpatter.com as well as www.newsarama.com. An omnivorous reader, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his fellow writer and wife, Erica Satifka, and entirely too many cats.

HENRY F. TONN is a semi-retired psychologist who has published fiction and nonfiction in such journals as the Gettysburg Review, Connecticut Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and Eclectica. He is the editor of the war anthology Remembrances of Wars Past and is coming out with a memoir of his first twenty years in the field of psychology entitled I Never Met a Paranoid Schizophrenic I Didn’t Like. His website is www.henrytonn.com.

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