Meet the Writing Contest Judges

The writing contest starts on Monday. Official rules for entering the contest will be posted here on Suess’s Pieces at 12:01 a.m., September 12. In the meantime, I’d like to introduce you to your writing contest judges.

Austin, Melissa and Michelle will be selecting a group of ten finalists. After the finalists are announced, we’ll open up online voting. More on that next week. [stextbox id=”grey” caption=”Austin Briggs”]Austin Briggs has spent over 10 years researching the history of the Aztec Empire and the Spanish Conquest with a dream of creating a historical fiction series that would fascinate readers who like a good history-based tale. He even went so far as to experience some of the magical rites of the ancient Mexica myself. He’s always been obsessed with learning about other cultures; in addition to spending time in the lands that were once occupied by the Aztec peoples, he has also lived in Russia, Japan, England, Switzerland, Cambodia, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan.

Austin has been a soldier in the army, an officer in the United Nations, and a global manager in a Fortune 10 company. He’s been both a local and an outsider, a member of the majority and of a minority, which makes it possible for him to write from the perspective of multiple characters, all of whom have various levels of status and acceptance in their world.

Austin runs a Flash Fiction contest on his site where he decides on the winning entries monthly. You can find Austin on his website and on Twitter and Facebook.



[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”Melissa Breau”]Melissa Breau is a freelance writer, editor and a cheesy romantic who likes long walks on the beach and arguing about comma placement. Her resume includes time spent at Pet Business Magazine, Columbia University Press and the Manhattanville College Marketing Department. She has her Masters of Science in Publishing and is always willing to talk shop on twitter–@melissabreau. She is also blogging about her freelance journey over at Jargon Writer (–or learn more about the services she offers on her website, [/stextbox]


[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”Michelle Lowery”]Michelle Lowery is the Senior Content Manager at Outspoken Media. She started writing at the age of seven when she got hooked on Nancy Drew books, and decided to write her own mystery stories. Thankfully, her writing skills have improved immensely since then. Michelle has had several pieces published, both in print and online, including opinion columns, journalistic articles, and some fiction before she turned her attention fully to Web writing.

Since that time, Michelle has written numerous blog posts and articles for a diverse roster of clients including Microsoft, Visa, and Ghirardelli Chocolate. Her work has appeared on sites such as TechCrunch, Yahoo! News, and The Kitchn. While she still independently takes on clients from time to time, most of her writing is done as part of SEO, link building, and online reputation management strategies for Outspoken Media’s clients. And okay, she may still write some fiction here and there, but hasn’t yet shared it with the world. You can follow Michelle on Twitter, but she’s pretty quiet because when she’s not judging writing contests, she’s usually busy writing.




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