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Meet Our Celebrity Judges Panel for "The Story: A Short Fiction Competition"

(January 21, 2014)

We've compiled an all-star team of agents, publicists, writers, editors and bloggers to judge our "Top 200" entrants for "The Story:  A Short-Short Fiction Contest." Enter to win and one of these authors could read your work!

Submission window opens February 1st! Click here to enter!

Karen Kingsbury
Author & Speaker 

With more than 15 million copies of her books in print, Karen Kingsbury's bestsellers include Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. Her novel Like Dandelion Dust was a major motion picture release. She lives in Tennessee with her husband Don, and their six children, three of whom were adopted from Haiti.  

Tamela Hancock Murray
Author & Literary Agent 

Tamela Hancock Murray has been an agent for over 12 years. A bestselling, award-winning author of twenty novels, novellas, and nonfiction books, Tamela brings the perspective of a working writer to her role as a literary agent.

Lisa Harris

Award-winning author Lisa Harris has been writing both fiction and nonfiction since 2000 and has twenty novels and novellas in print. She currently lives with her family in Mozambique, where they work as missionaries. In 2012, Lisa was the grand prize winner of FamilyFiction’s Create Romance competition.  

Susan May Warren

The RITA Award-winning author of more than thirty novels, Susan May Warren served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before they returned home. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. 

Tricia Goyer 

The author of 25 books, Tricia Goyer won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored as Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. In her novels, Tricia writes contemporary and historical stories that feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through comprehensive research. 

Rel Mollet
Blogger & Book Reviewer

Rel Mollet is a FamilyFiction contributor with a wildly popular book-reviewing blog, dedicated to showcasing Christian Fiction and its writers, by way of reviews, author interviews, character spotlights, and more. Rel is a founding and Advisory Board member of the INSPY Awards and a book club co-ordinator, who resides in Melbourne, Australia with her family. 

Kathi Macias

A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi Macias has authored some 30 books and ghostwritten several others. She's taught creative and business writing in various venues, and is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. Kathi lives in California with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.  

Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

Sherry Gore

Sherry Gore has a multiple book contract (including a memoir) with Zondervan. Sherry is the author of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking and is the editor-in-chief of Cooking & Such magazine, which has been called “Visually stunning, completely heartwarming” by Amish novelist, Cindy Woodsmall. She has three children and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church.

Kathleen Y'Barbo

An accomplished storyteller with more than 850,000 copies of her novels, novellas and young adult books in print, best-selling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is an East Texas native who experienced the transforming power of words at a young age, thanks to stumbling upon her grandmother’s set of encyclopedias.

Deidra Romero
FamilyFiction Managing Editor

Deidra Romero is a twenty-something blogger, freelance writer, and Managing Editor at FamilyFiction. She loves good coffee, good books, and good conversation.              

Jeane & Tyson Wynn

Jeane and Tyson Wynn are the founders and owners of Wynn-Wynn Media, LLC, a full-service publicity firm that has represented the finest books and authors since 2001. The Wynns live in Welch, Okla., where they run their company, are close to family, are active in the community, and have planted a church.              




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