The Judges

The 12th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest

Sarah Bird's most recent novel is The Yokota Officers Club. Ballantine has reissued her first three novels, Alamo House, The Boyfriend School, and The Mommy Club. She is available to do balloon animals for your child's next birthday party!

Scott Blackwood's 2001 story collection, In the Shadow of Our House (SMU Press), was praised in The New York Times Book Review and named a "Best Texas Book" by the San Antonio Express-News. His fiction has appeared most recently in the Boston Review and Southwest Review. He's at work on a novel, See How Small, which is set in Austin. A graduate of Texas State University's M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing, he currently teaches fiction writing and coordinates UT's Undergraduate Writing Center.

Stephen Harrigan is the author of six books, including The New York Times bestseller The Gates of the Alamo. He is also a screenwriter whose most recent production was TNT's King of Texas.

Dao Strom was born in 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam, and grew up in Northern California. She attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, among these an NEA and a James Michener Fellowship, as well as the Nelson Algren Award. Her first novel, Grass Roof, Tin Roof, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2003. She is currently at work on her second book and has lived in Austin since 1999.

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