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
Good Luck! The deadline is March 16th.