Updated– How We Judge the 2020 !Short Story Contest

Unfortunately, our long-term contest judge Christian McKay Heidicker has told us he is unable to judge this summer’s contest.  He seems to be healthy, however, and we wish him the best.  

Tara and I have made the necessary decision to continue without him– and that our remaining three judges plus fan voting still offer enough variety in identities, style preferences and literary tastes in order to maintain a balanced, multi-voice panel.

The remaining Judges are:

Suvi Mahonen is a freelance writer based in Surfers Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast. Her non-fiction appears on many platforms including The Weekend Australian MagazineHuffPost and The Establishment. Her fiction has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies including in The Best Australian Stories and Griffith Review. A portion of a longer work-in-progress was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Follow Suvi on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suvisjournalism/,
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suvi_mahonen/,
and check out her page on the online art-selling platform Redbubble, here:
 http://www.redbubble.com/people/suvimahonen

Glenn A. Bruce, MFA, was associate fiction editor for The Lindenwood Review. He has published nine novels and two collections of short stories. He wrote Kickboxer, episodes of Walker: Texas Ranger and Baywatch, and was a sketch-writer for Cinemax’s Assaulted Nuts. His stories, poems, and essays have been published internationally. He won About That’s “Down and Dirty” short story contest and was a two-time finalist in the Defenstrationism annual short story contest. He has judged film contests, art shows, and short story contests. He was the final judge for Brilliant Flash Fictionin 2015 (which has included one of his stories in their first print collection) and currently for Defenstrationism (2016-2019). Glenn left 12.5 wonderful years of teaching Screenwriting at Appalachian State University to concentrate on fiction.

Lady Moet Beast, the Beast From Southeast. What can’t be said about this interesting lady? Godmother of D.C. Rap, multi-genre lyricist, producer, poet, musician, writer, singer, actress, and the list goes on. Performing live since the age of 5, determined to be heard, adored and admired, Lady Moet Beast has performed all over the U.S. for the past 25 years. Not your average HipHop Femcee she has grown along with her husband obtaining her own band The Cruddy Crankerz, Beast & Monster Ink,  Drama City Records/Draztick Measurez., Cruddy Rite Publishing, Cruddy Rite Radio, Monster Graphix, and Lioness Filmz. Lady Moet Beast has set a lot of trends from green dreadlocks to hardcore femcees in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

Judging Process:

Our contests are judged by this three Judge Panel, with two weeks of online Fan Voting counted as an additional Judge vote. 
In the event of Judge Votes and Fan Votes being equal, the fan-vote becomes a tie-breaker.

One Grand Prize vote counts as two Runner-Up votes.





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