The judges for the 250-word Microfiction Challenge 2020 will be announced soon!  To get an idea of who will be reading the stories, check out a sample of some of our judges from previous fiction competitions.




Scott Anderson has been teaching screenwriting since 1993, beginning at U Mass - Lowell and currently at Emerson College where his "Business Of Screenwriting" course was the first ever offered at the college level. He was the director of the acclaimed screenwriter's workshop The Harvard Square Scriptwriters for 14 years and is currently the Creative Director for Johnston Media LLC. Through his Imaginary Forests writing service he has helped numerous writers overcome writers block, finish books and publish them.  His website is



Brittany Bogan's first serious literary endeavor was at Sacramento City College, where she was elected Editor-in-chief of the college's literary journal. 2012's Susurrus explored dichotomies of every kind, good vs. evil, dark vs. light, emotional vs. stoic, death vs. rebirth. From there, she transferred to University of California, Davis and went on to receive Higher Honors in English Literature and a minor in Medieval Studies. While at UCD, Britt was accepted in to the Honor's Thesis Program, a multi-semester, research-intensive undergrad thesis writing program. Her paper, entitled "Expanding the Scope of ‘Gendered Violence’ in Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling," sought to dissect how violence in "The Changeling" was used against various genders and how such violence was characterized depending on the perpetrator's gender. Britt is currently pursuing a career in professional editing, working out of the California Bay Area.  


Mark Chandley is a story analyst from St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Penn State University in 2017 with a degree in intelligence analysis, Mark moved to Los Angeles and had the fortune of writing and producing as an assistant for two Emmy award-winning reality/lifestyle television programs. Mark is currently a story analyst  with HBO where he evalautes books and scripts in consideration for adapatation and has read for Anonymous Content, United Talent Agency, Warner Horizon and various other companies and competitions. Mark is slated to be a staff reader for Warner Brothers Pictures this fall. 



Sam Collier is a Chicago-based playwright, poet, and theater artist. She has taught writing at Cornell College, the University of Iowa, the Iowa Young Writers Project, Combined Efforts Theater, and Young Playwrights Theater. Her work has been produced and/or developed by The Make Ready, PTP/NYC, New Ground Theater, Horse & Cart, Theater Nyx, and NTI Theatermakers. Her poems have been published in Prompt Press, Guernica, Pure Frances, and Broad!. She holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa, where she was also a 2015-2016 Provost's Visiting Writer.



Donna Galanti is the author of the bestselling paranormal suspense Element Trilogy and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series. Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine, blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem about the creative life and presents as a guest author at schools. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna has long been a leader in the Mid-Atlantic writing scene as a workshop presenter. She’s taught on writing craft and marketing at writing conferences, regional writing organizations, and colleges as well as provide critiques for fiction submissions. Donna also loves teaching writers about author brand and platform through her free training series at Visit her at


Monique Hayes holds an MFA from the University of Maryland College Park, where she taught fiction and rhetoric courses. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Midway Journal, Prick of the Spindle, District Lines (Politics&Prose), Revise the Psalm (Curbside Publishing), Aberdeen Larks (the Dickens Fellowship) and the Jewish Currents Anthology. She was awarded a residency at Wildacres Retreat, and has received awards from the Missouri Writers Guild and Missouri Literary Festival. She currently serves as a Manuscript Screener for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters.


Katharine Henner is a writer and director based in New York. She is the writer and director of the film novella No Man's Land, currently available to watch on iTunes. She wrote and directed the cult series, Nights in UltraViolet with her writing partner Matt Cook. The series was featured in Vulture, Gothamist, Portable TV, and other media outlets. Her play, The Brighter the Star was recently selected out of over 1,500 applicants around the world to be one of 30 finalists for the Samuel French 40th Annual Off Off Broadway Festival. Her short stories have been published in the Bushwick Review and performed in various festivals in New York. She received her Masters Degree in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.  Learn more at


Alessa Hinlo hails from the Washington D.C. area. Born in the Philippines and raised in Virginia, she writes stories that reflect the push and pull of conflicting cultures and feature people who fall into the spaces between. After many years working in biological research, she recently left the field to pursue a writing career. Her short fiction has been featured by REUTS publications and in The Sea is Ours, an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk. Follow her on Twitter @alessahinlo or visit her website to learn more:


A multifaceted writer, publisher and story performer, Laura McHale Holland has released the flash fiction collection, The Ice Cream Vendor's Song, and the award-winning childhood memoir, Reversible Skirt. Her stories have appeared in such anthologies as Every Day Fiction, Wisdom Has a Voice, Vintage Voices and My Gutsy Story. Her articles have been published in NorthBay biz magazine, the Noe Valley Voice and the original San Francisco Examiner, among other publications. Previously, Laura was a featured teller at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, the Lake Tahoe Storytelling Festival and numerous schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her play Are You Ready? was produced in the Sixth Street Playhouse 2014 Passport to the Plays festival. Laura is currently editing Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood, an anthology that includes perspectives from every continent except Antarctica. To connect with Laura, visit, where you can subscribe to her newsletter and read a multitude of short shorts, true and untrue. 


Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novels, Shining Sea (2016) and An Unexpected Guest (2012), from Little, Brown. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared for The Atlantic, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Times (UK), USA Today, Literary Hub, The Millions, The Yale Review, and many other publications in the US, UK, and online. A Hawthornden Fellow, she recently received the Lois Kahn Wallace Writers Award. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.  For more information about Anne and her writing, please visit her website.


Patricia La Barbera, MFA, is an author and editor. She's an active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She’s also the organizer of the Sarasota Editors Association. Various magazines and anthologies have featured her work. The first three books in her paranormal romance series, The Wolf’s DaughterThe Wolf’s Revenge, and Wolf Slayer, have release dates from February 2013 through April 2013. She lives in the Sarasota, Florida, area with her husband.  Learn more at


Richard Larson writes short fiction (mostly of the darkly fantastic variety) and criticism, frequently reviewing books for Strange Horizons and film for Slant Magazine. His short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines including Subterranean, ChiZine, Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction, as well as the anthologies Beyond Binary and Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. A new story will also appear later this year in Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages (Prime Books). He is a member of SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he's been a first reader for a variety of literary journals including Electric Velocipede, a maagzine of weird fiction. Born and raised in St. Louis, he now lives in Brooklyn. He works for NYU's Expository Writing Program, and he's also currently pursuing an MFA at the NYU Writers Workshop in Paris. Visit him online at or on Twitter @LarsonRichard.



Elisabeth McAvoy lives in Jackson Heights, New York, with her husband, 133,000+ other people, and her beloved cat. After graduating from Barnard College with a focus in English literature and art history, Elisabeth combined her love of writing and art in a position as research editor at Artforum magazine. One thing led to another-- and she ended up spending a few months taking creative writing classes in far-flung Buenos Aires. Most recently, she worked in the publicity department of a literary publisher in Manhattan; lunch breaks, weekends, and evenings were spent writing. Her short stories have been published in fields and Laundray Literary.



Gabriel Robinson is a writer and freelance editor, originally from West Virginia. As a kid she read everything she could get her hands on, especially myths, fairy tales, and science fiction; she wrote bad stories and got other kids to act in her terrible plays. At Bard College she majored in comparative religions. She later earned a Ph.D. in history of religions from the University of Chicago with a dissertation about bullfighting and Catholicism. Her storytelling interests range across different media. She’s been an associate fiction editor for the Chicago Review and senior researcher for a film about the development of evolutionary theory. Her graphic short story, “The Red Calf,” was published in the horror anthology Hellbound II. She won a fellowship to attend the Stowe Story Lab in 2015, and in 2016 completed her first screenplay, The Soldier Nun, which placed fourth in the Stage 32 Feature Screenplay Competition. She is a visiting scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, and lives in Cambridge, MA with her partner and two-year-old son. 

Robert Rogers: I’ve called cities from Honolulu to NYC home. Taught at schools, farms, and museums. Worked jobs from acting to writing. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and have spent the past fifteen years writing and editing fiction, screenplays, and textbooks. I write, bike, and love through life sharing discoveries with friends gathered along the way.


Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin is a Montreal-based journalist, editor and screenwriter. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Ha'aretz, CBC, Maclean's, Lilith, The Syrup Trap, and The Garden Statuary. Her award-winning short films and series have screened internationally to much festival acclaim.  Her Twitter is @chloerosewrites.


Naben Ruthnum writes literary and crime fiction, and also does the monthly Crimewave review column at the National Post. His work has appeared in Event, The Walrus, The Malahat Review, Sight & Sound, and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He's currently based in Toronto, where he continues to write journalism and fiction. He is the winner of the 2013 Journey Prize. His Twitter is @NabenRuthnum.

Ariele Sieling is an author, an editor, and a member of Independent Publishers of New England. She is author of the light science fiction series, The Sagittan Chronicles, and the children's book series, Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep. She also offers coaching and publishing support for those pursuing the art of independent publishing, and has worked on dozens of books. She lives in NH with her three cats. 


Hayley Stone is a writer who lives in Rocklin, California. She recently graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in history—a subject she believes offers a wealth of story inspiration as well as a powerful look into what makes us human. While at CSUS, she had the pleasure of studying under award-winning poet, Joshua McKinney, who introduced her to a love of poetry, and taught her the value of precise language. Her poem, “Cinderella Comes Out of Egypt,” was published in the 2014 Calaveras Station Literary Journal. With an eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, she has contributed to manuscripts such as The Paper Magician series (47North) by Charlie N. Holmberg, and Inconceivable (Curiosity Quills) by Missy Shelton Belote due out this summer. Hayley is currently on submission for her own sci-fi novel, Machinations. She loves hearing from fellow writers and readers. Tweet her @hayley_stone or check out her website:
Mary Trainor-Brigham, M.A. is the author of DEEP CINEMA, Film as Shamanic Initiation, and a Scribe~for~Hire, Writing Consultant and lecturer based on the tenets of that work. The book was included in the swag bag of the Los Angeles inaugural event of GATE: Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. She has been a Film Critic for 15 + plus years and her column was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when she worked for the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts. A lifelong fascination with Indigenous cultures has accrued over the decades, culminating in a M.A. and development of workshops which she facilitates nationally and internationally. Currently she and her husband, Ciaran, are designing a Mersapien Sea Chapel in order to have a site where people can be restored to enchantment and their Indigenous Souls. Mary's clients mainly include, but are not limited to, screenwriters, as her Deep "C" insights can be applied to any great story.

Laura Trunkey’s first book of short fiction, Double Dutch, is forthcoming from House of Anansi in 2016.  Her fiction has previously been published in journals and magazines across Canada, and was included in the bestselling collectionDarwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow.  Her midgrade novel The Incredibly Ordinary Danny Chandelier, was a starred selection in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens.  Laura’s non-fiction has garnered two National Magazine Award honourable mentions, and been anthologized in the book Hidden Lives. Laura has a Post-Graduate Certificate from the Humber School for Writers and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Sarena Ulibarri
teaches creative writing at CU Boulder. Her flash fiction has appeared in magazines such as Monkeybicycle, Bartleby Snopes, Liquid Imagination, and decomP magazinE, and her longer fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Birkensnake, The First Line and elsewhere. She has been awarded the Thompson Award for Western American Writing twice, as well as the Western Regional Honors Council Award for Poetry and an honorable mention in the Alibi's Appallingly Short Fiction Contest. She is primarily a speculative fiction writer, with a special love for science fiction and magic realism.


Sarah Varnam is a writer, editor, and artist from Toronto. She is the founder of The Quilliad Press and editor-in-chief of The Quilliad, a Canadian literary and arts journal. Her creative writing has been published in Third WednesdayPoetry Nook, and Chrysalis, among others, and she recently received a Writers' Reserve grant from the Ontario Arts Council for her poetry manuscript, Evening BITE.
Michael Wilson is the author of Flash Writing: How to Write, Revise and Publish Stories Less Than 1000 Words Long, and is the creator of the JumpStart Jars (Jars filled with over 2,100 color-coded words, writing prompts and inspiration; Check out for more information). He wrote the popular Flash Writing feature for the flash fiction journal flashquake. Michael's blog at features writing prompts, writing-related book reviews, articles of interest to writers and other creative thinkers. Michael is also an accomplished writing instructor, teaching creative writing and creative thinking classes for over a decade. He earned a BA (with Honors) in English from Ohio University, and has been a featured guest speaker at the Thurber House, the Western Reserve Writers Conference, the Columbus Writers Conference, and at many other venues. Michael is available for coaching, manuscript critiques, writer’s group facilitation, and customized writing or creativity training. He can be reached via email at Follow him on Twitter @flash_writer for interesting writing tips, prompts, quotes and author facts.
Crystal Wood is a Toronto-based writer working in television, film and theatre. She has a degree in English literature and studied television writing at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, founded by Norman Jewison. She’s worked in the writing department on the CanWest Global television shows Falcon Beach and Inside the Box, and for the web series Tights and Fights. She has been the recipient of the Banff Media Festival CTV National Fellowship and the Screenwriter Mentorship Award at the WIFT-V Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Crystal also wrote the short film The Morning After, which screened at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. For the stage, Crystal has had her plays presented by Steady State Theatre, the InspiraTO Festival, New Ideas Festival, Lab Cab Festival, and Short Short Play Festival in Toronto, and FemFest in Winnipeg. Her fiction has been published in Freefall literary magazine, and she was a top-12 finalist in the Writer’s Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition.












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