Judges Panel Announced for 2019-2020 Competition

Judges Panel Announced for 2019-2020 Competition

We are excited to announce our partnership with 3 Boston-based writers who have agreed to serve on our judges panel for the inaugural competition of Boston in 100 Words.

Our first judge is renowned author Gish Jen. Jen has published six books as well as short work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals and anthologies. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, a book edited by John Updike that showcases the most compelling short stories of each year. Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Jen’s work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and is widely taught. Her much-anticipated new novel, The Resisters, is due out from Knopf in February 2020.

Our second judge, Callie Crossley, is a Boston-based radio and TV host, commentator, and public speaker. She is a regular contributor to WGBH’s Morning Edition and Beat the Press and is the host of Basic Black, a TV news source that focuses on current events concerning communities of color. Callie is a multiple-award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is the first African-American to be nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category for her work as a producer of the critically acclaimed documentary series, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights years.

Finally, to complete the panel, we introduce Porsha Olayiwola. Porsha is the 2019 Boston Poet Laureate, the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. In 2018, she was named by Get Konnected! as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. Porsha is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. She is also an MFA candidate at Emerson College and has a full-length collection of poetry forthcoming in 2019 with Button Poetry.

These panelists will be selecting first, second, and third place prizes for this year’s competition, as well as seven honorable mention awards and one youth prize. We are grateful for their participation in the first annual Boston in 100 Words writing contest.  

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