Introducing Judge #2 for the Teen Short Story Writing Contest

Judith Ortiz Cofer, is a critically acclaimed and widely published poet, novelist, and essayist. Her latest book, If I Could Fly, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Doris, her mother, a professional singer, returns to Puerto Rico and her father finds a girlfriend. Doris cares for a neighbor's pigeons and relies on friends as she begins to find her own voice and wings. Judith writes extensively about the experience of being Puerto Rican and her identity as a woman and writer in the U.S. An Island Like You Stories from the Barrio tells of twelve interconnected stories set in a New Jersey barrio. Currently she is teaching literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia.

She is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write Teen short story writing contest. The panel of 10 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School) and select the winners who will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2012. For guidelines to the contest, click here. Send your stories to allwrite@aadl.org
Good Luck! The deadline is March 16th.