2020 Writing Award Short List

Congratulations to our 2020 Writing Award Shortlist! Please join us in congratulating them and wishing them well in their writing journey. You can leave comments at the bottom of any shortlist finalist profile.

Jennifer James, MFT

About the Author I loved books even before I could read, and I memorized such picture books as Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans so that I could recite them to my mother saying, “Look, Mom! I’m reading!” To her credit, my mother smiled and said, “That’s so great, Jennifer,” playing along with my

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Mark Stibbe is a full-time published author and the founder of BookLab, a company dedicated to helping emerging writers. Mark was adopted in 1960, along with his twin sister Claire. In the 1940s, their dad's professor had been J.R.R Tolkien and his mentor C.S. Lewis. On long nights, Mark remembers

William Kaufmann, award-winning ceramic artist and award winning writer

I live in rural Wisconsin and work full time as an artist-potter. In collaboration with my wife, Cynthia, we are multiple award-winning ceramic artists. I am a writer. My 11th grade English teacher, Ms. Thompson, inspired my first stories. She loved poetry and cried in class. I cried with her. Years

Michael Salort

Michael Salort has been a TV reporter, TV producer, investigative producer for national newsmagazine programs, screenwriter, business writer, and novelist. In novel writing, Michael Salort is the ghostwriter of internationally-recognized SuperModel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks’ 566-page, sci-fi

Alex Tremari

Alex Tremari is a Pacific Northwest transplant who took way to long to make her 6th grade declaration, "When I grow up I'm going to be a writer" a reality. Her unpublished novel, Dragoncast, placed 2nd in the 2019 Pacific Northwest Writer’s Contest in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal category was CIBA

A head and shoulders picture of a smiling young woman in a jean jacket with short, curly brown hair, green eyes and glasses.

I am a long-time writer and yet-to-be author and I spend more of my time time thinking about fictional worlds than real ones. I've been telling stories since I learned to talk, writing since I could hold a pencil, and am currently working on getting my BFA in Writing. I write almost exclusively YA

Susanna Callaghan

Born in London I moved around the south for a while and then wandered up north, coming to prefer wilder countryside and living near the sea. I’ve been fortunate to run my own business, exploring various artistic and creative ways of working. Strangely, although I first started writing stories around

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I am a part-time marketing manager, with a PhD in 20th-century literature and a life-long passion for medieval history. Years ago I won a national short story competition, but motherhood and work took over... I mentor women-led business startups and am a girls football volunteer. I adore travelling

Geoff Keall is the author of SOIMATHAT - A Losers Guide to the Galaxy. SOIAMTHAT is a accronym for the full title The Semantics of i AM.

I live in Hervey Bay, a beautiful, quiet seaside city in southeast Queensland. My family escaped here from Palmerston North, New Zealand, after experiencing a family tragedy. We'd never been to Brisbane City, let alone regional Queensland. What was I thinking? 13 years later our children have left

At home on the Manx coast

Joanne Clague is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for thirty years in print, radio and broadcast media in the Isle of Man, a Crown dependency in the middle of the Irish Sea famous for its beautifully unspoilt and rugged landscape, motorsport and the world's oldest continuous parliament

Elizabeth Goodhue

Elizabeth Goodhue is a freelance writer and blogger. When challenging a student to publish her work on a blog, Elizabeth also started one called ecgpoetry.blogspot.com. Since then she has written a blog about living and teaching in Mexico, and another about living and working in Kuala Lumpur. In

Dan Brockington

I am an anthropologist who has lived and worked in Tanzania for several years since the mid-1990s conducting long-term fieldwork in remote rural areas. The worlds I describe in The Grymcat Conspiracy, the families, their ambitions and livelihoods are based on that experience. In particular Samti’s