Judges Panel Announced for 2021 Competition

Judges Panel Announced for 2021 Competition

We are excited to announce our three judges who will serve on our panel for the second annual competition of Boston in 100 words.

Our first judge is Grace Talusan, author of the memoir, The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and the winner in nonfiction for the Massachusetts Book Awards. Ms. Talusan has taught writing at GrubStreet, Tufts University, and currently, Brandeis University. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She was born in the Philippines and raised in New England.

Our second judge is Ken Liu, an American author of speculative fiction. Winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, Mr. Liu wrote the Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (starting with The Grace of Kings), as well as short story collections The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. Liu frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, narrative futures, and the mathematics of origami.

Our final judge is Laniesha Brown, poet and Program Coordinator at GrubStreet. Ms. Brown holds an M.F.A in Poetry and an M.A. in English Literature from McNeese State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Caribbean Writer, The Hunger, The Minnesota Review and more. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing fetch with her cat and eating fried plantains.

These panelists will be selecting first, second, and third place prizes plus seven honorable mention awards in the general category and first, second and third place prizes in the youth category. We are grateful for their participation in the second annual Boston in 100 Words writing contest!

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