July-August 2017

The Judges

Adult Short Story Contest


Michelle Brafman is the author of Washing the Dead and Bertrand Court. Her work has appeared in Slate, Tablet, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Lit Hub and other publications. She lives in Glen Echo and teaches fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University in the Master of Arts in Writing Program. 


Keith Donohue is the author of five novels: the New York Times best-seller The Stolen Child, Angels of Destruction, Centuries of June, The Boy Who Drew Monsters and, most recently, The Motion of Puppets. His work has been translated into two dozen languages, and he also writes book reviews for The Washington Post. He lives in Wheaton and works for the federal government.


Mary Kay Zuravleff’s novel Man Alive! was on The Washington Post’s list of notable fiction in 2013. She serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a co-founder of the DC Women Writers Group (now called DMV Women Writers Group). She is also a co-founder of NoveltyDC, which offers classes and consulting services for writers. Zuravleff lives in Washington, D.C.


High School Short Story Contest


Caroline Bock is the author of two young adult novels: Before My Eyes and Lie. Her short fiction “Bureaucracy of the Mind” appears in the 2017 District Lines anthology from Politics and Prose, and her short story “Gargoyles and Stars” was the 2016 winner of The Writer magazine’s short story competition. She lives in Potomac and is at work on a novel for adults.


Hena Khan is the author of several picture books, including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Night of the Moon and It’s Ramadan, Curious George. Her middle-grades novel, Amina’s Voice, was published in March. Khan, who lives in Rockville, has also written choose-your-own-adventure-style novels, and books on space, spies and more.


Carol Westreich Solomon’s young adult novel Imagining Katherine was designated a 2016 Notable Book for Teens by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Her work has appeared in Little Patuxent Review, Lilith, The Washington Post and the English Journal. A recent recipient of a fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Solomon lives in Montgomery Village.


Adult and High School Essay Contests


Christine Koubek is a travel writer, essayist and author. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Coastal Living, Washingtonian, Budget Travel and other publications. She teaches at The Writer’s Center and writes the “Get Away” column for Bethesda Magazine and Arlington Magazine. Koubek, who lives in Gaithersburg, has completed residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale.


Faye Moskowitz lives in Washington, D.C., and has been a professor of English at The George Washington University for 30 years. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other publications. Her books include And the Bridge is Love, Peace in the House and Whoever Finds This: I Love You. She is the editor of Her Face in the Mirror: Jewish Women on Mothers and Daughters


Kathleen Seiler Neary lives in Kensington and is the associate editor at Bethesda Magazine. She has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She’s worked for magazines, including George and Ladies’ Home Journal, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Parenting and other publications.