Introducing Judge #1 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Matt de le Pena

Matt de la Pena's debut novel, Ball Don't Lie was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick.

He's also the author of the award winning picture book, A Nations' Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis which is illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Matt received a MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship.

He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Matt is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

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 are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as our guest speaker.