2009 Judges for the Teen's Short Story Writing Contest!

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Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of Stealing Death, Dragon's Keep and The Beast of Noor. www.janetleecarey.com

Steven Lee Climer is a professor of English at Baker College of Allen Park, MI. He has sold the motion picture rights of his novel ‘Demonesque’ to After Dark Productions, and is the recipient of several honors including the Darrell Award, Eppie for Best Horror Novel 2000, and 1997 finalist for Best First Novel from the International Horror Guild. Steve has published eight adult horror/fantasy novels, three works for children/Young Adults, a short story collection of horror stories, and over 20 short stories in various magazines.

John Coy writes picture books, middle-grade novels, and YA novels. His latest is Top of the Order, the first book in a series about four fifth-grade friends. He lives in Minnesota.

Ronald Cree studied television production at the University of Colorado and currently resides in Colorado Springs with his adopted son, Gabriel. He works as a Communications Specialist for the McKesson Corporation. Desert Blood 10pm/9c is his first mystery novel. Visit Ronald on the Web at www.ronaldcree.com

S. A. Harazin lives in Georgia and worked as a nurse in a hospital for many years. Blood Brothers, 2007 is her first novel.

Michael Harmon enjoys backpacking, fishing, woodworking, and building skateboard and snowboarding ramps with his kids. Skate is his first nove, followed by [[t:Last Exit to Normal], a ‘Thumbs Up’ nominee, and most recently Brutal, 2009. The author lives in Spokane, WA.

Kristin Wolden Nitz has moved 10 times since graduating from Michigan Tech with a degree in electrical engineering. Her novel, Saving the Griffin, was named as a finalist for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award and the Georgia Book Award.

Daniel A. Olivas is the author of Devil Talk: Stories, 2004, Assumption and Other Stories, 2003, The Courtship of Maria Rivera Pena, 2000. Widely anthologized, he also has written for numerous publications. Olivas is the editor of Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, 2008, which brings together sixty years of Los Angeles fiction by Latino/a writers. www.danielolivas.com

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the YA author of Tantalize, 2007, and its companions, Eternal, 2009, and Blessed, forthcoming, all Gothic fantasies from Candlewick Press. Tantalize was a Borders Original Voices selection, honored at the 2007 National book Festival, and The Horn Book called it ‘an intoxicating romantic thriller.” A graphic novel adaptation of Tantalize is in the works. www.cynthialeitichsmith.com

Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of picture books, nonfiction, and YA fiction. She teaches Writing for Children at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Her most recent book is Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. She is currently writing a book about the history of the Barbie doll and its impact on culture entitled, Barbie: For Better, For Worse. Visit her at www.tanyastone.com

Laura Wiess, author of Such a Pretty Girl, chosen as one of the ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Visit her at www.laurawiess.com