The Judges

Mandy Brooks is the marketing director at BookPeople and current BookPeople Filthy Animals softball team captain. She graduated from UT with a bachelor's degree in advertising, which she still finds hilarious. Likes: Jeff Tweedy, short stories, and short-haired cats. Dislikes: vulgarity, hoppy beer, and Time Warner Cable.

David E. Hilton grew up in the West Texas town of Alpine and has been writing since he was a youth. He earned a bachelor's degree from Howard Payne University in 1998. He wrote Kings of Colorado (Simon & Schuster) mostly in his apartment's stairwell just after the birth of his first son. He currently lives just outside Austin.

Michael Hoinski is the culture and arts education coordinator at the O. Henry Museum, where he manages writing and reading programs for youth and adults. He is also a freelance writer whose work appears in The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and The Village Voice, among others. He once spent a night at the G&S Lounge playing video games with George Saunders, a short story writer he admires.

Kari Anne Roy is the author of Haiku Mama (Quirk) and is a periodic contributor of wildly inappropriate essays to McSweeney's Internet Tendency. As a writer for children, Kari is known as K.A. Holt and is the author of Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel (Random House) and Brains for Lunch: A zombie novel in haiku?! (Roaring Brook). Brains for Lunch recently received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and was highlighted on the Texas Library Association's Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011. Kari has three wild children and serves on the board of directors for Mothers' Milk Bank Austin. She never sleeps.

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