Our Judges Panel Embraces the Odd, the Unusual, and the Deliciously Dark

The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest are delighted to announce our fifth confirmed final panel judge for the 2011-2012 contest year:

Sandra Kasturi

For those of you who are not familiar with Sandra’s work – assuming you’ve been living under several tons of rock – Sandra and her husband Brett Alexander Savory run ChiZine Publications (which they so aptly describe as a “publisher of weird, surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction”) and Chiaroscuro: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words. Sandra is known for her pitch dark, lyrical, and highly resonant poetry as well as her exquisitely beautiful short fiction, which is as much prose as her more traditionally poetic work.

Sandra has won numerous prizes, is the long time poetry editor of Chiaroscuro Magazine, has been an anthologist, has consistently produced work that refuses to be classified – working in both Spec and Lit Fic with extraordinary ease – and is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop. Oh, and she runs her own poetry imprint too: Kelp Queen Press.

And on top of all that she’s one of the nicest people we know. Proving, once again, the delightful adage that horror writers really are some of the most pleasant people you’ll ever meet.

We’ll have a full Bio up for Sandra on our Judges page in the near future.

And with that our 2011-2012 contest year has a full roster of empaneled judges. In a few hours time the 2011-2012 Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest will officially open, and you can begin submitting your stories. If you’re not already following the Contest Blog (through the “Subscribe” widget to your right) or via Twitter (@fomcontest) you can do so at any time to make sure you get up to the minute updates on the Contest, and keep abreast of additions or alterations as they occur.


Posted on November 14, 2011, in Announcements, Status Updates, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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