2019 Conference Contest Judges


Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American poet, is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Only More So (Salmon Poetry Ireland 2016). Her other books include Injuring Eternity, and Woman on a Shaky Bridge.

Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Fulbright, CantoMundo, Creative Capacity, the California Arts Council, The Corporation of Yaddo, Fundação Luso-Americana, and the Barbara Deming Foundation. The Journal, Laurel Review, Queen Mob’s Teahouse and Mantis are recent publication credits.

She’s led writing workshops at Nimrod Writers Conference, The Muse in Norfolk, and University of Texas, Austin.

Her nonfiction can be found in The Writers Chronicle, Poets Quarterly, and Portuguese American Journal.

Some of her poetry can be found at Broadkill Review, Salmon Poetry, The Journal (winter 2019), and Laurel Review.

Recent readings have occurred at Brown University, Rutgers, UMass Dartmouth, Rhode Island College and the Carr Reading Series at the University of Illinois.

Millicent holds degrees in English and writing from CSULB and the University of Southern California

To read more about her, visit her wikipedia page.


Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and two short story collections, The Trouble with Eating Clouds and This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Write Magical Words. In addition to writing, Schubert served for ten years as head editor of the online magazine, InterGalactic Medicine Show (including publishing three IGMS anthologies and winning two WSFA Small Press Awards).

His 50+ published short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, covering a variety of genres. His fiction has been: included in storySouth’s Year’s Notable list; reprinted in The Writer’s Post Journal’s Year’s Best issue; a #1 rated story on Zoetrope.com; a preliminary nominee for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Short Story; and First Prize Winner in Lynx Eye’s Captivating Beginnings contest.

Schubert insists, however, that his greatest accomplishment came during college, when his self-published underground newspaper made him the subject of a professor's lecture in abnormal psychology. He expects to attain his MFA from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC sometime in 2019.


Jordan E. Rosenfeld is author of the novels Women in Red and Forged in Grace and six books on the craft of writing, including the brand new How to Write a Page Turner, the bestselling Make a Scene, Writing Deep Scenes (with Martha Alderson), Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer's Guide to Persistence, and Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (with Rebecca Lawton).

Her freelance articles and essays have been published in hundreds of publications, including: The Atlantic, The New York Times, Salon, Scientific American, Writer's Digest Magazine, The Washington Post and many more. She is also a freelance manuscript editor and ghostwriter.

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