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All Writer's Eye entries will first go to a panel of readers who will select a group of entries for the final round of judging. At all stages the judging is 'blind,' the name of the author is not on the work being read.

For the high school, university and adult entries, we are delighted to have two distinguished authors for its judges. Christopher Tilghman, who has joined the creative writing program at the University of Virginia, is the author of the novel "Mason's Retreat" and story collections "In a Father's Place" and "The Way People Run." His work, which has appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines and several times in the annual "Best American Short Stories" collections, has been acclaimed for its descriptions of character's inner lives and for its vivid sense of place. Tilghman was previously writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Massachusetts. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer's Award and the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award. 

For our poetry judge, we are extremely happy  to have local poet Debra Nystrom, an English professor at the University of Virginia. Her book "A Quarter Turn" was published by the Sheep Meadow Press, and her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including "The American Poetry Review," "The Yale Review," "Ploughshares" and "The Three Penny Review." She was awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship in Poetry from the University of Virginia and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Ms. Nystrom's poems have several times been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her new manuscript of poems was a finalist for "The National Poetry Series."

Poetry judges for elementary and middle school entries are Heather Burns, Michelle Kellermann, Parke Muth, Susan Washko, and Nura Yingling. Prose judges are Mark Collins, Suzanne Freeman, Wendy Gavin, Roberta Platts-Mills, and Beverly VanHook.

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