Editorial Masthead

Lindsay Hunter / Innovative Short Fiction Contest Judge

Lindsay Hunter headshotLindsay Hunter is the author of Ugly Girls (FSG Originals, 2014), Don’t Kiss Me (FSG Originals, 2013), and Daddy’s (Featherproof Books, 2010). Her novel, Eat Only When You’re Hungry, is forthcoming from FSG. Originally from Florida, she now lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and two pit bulls.

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Matt Bell / Book & Chapbook Contest Judge

Matt BellMatt Bell is the author of four books of fiction: ScrapperIn the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the WoodsCataclysm Baby, and How They Were Found. He is also the author of a nonfiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II. Matt has also published three fiction chapbooks: Wolf PartsThe Collectors, and How the Broken Lead the Blind. His poetry chapbook, Death Domestic, is forthcoming from Spork Press. In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods was winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient. His writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Tin House, The New York Times, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, and many other publications. Born in Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

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Leesa Cross-Smith / Flash Fiction Contest Judge

Leesa Cross-Smith headshot (683x1024)Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014). Every Kiss a War was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth’s Million Writers Award. Her work has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015, SmokeLong Quarterly, Little Fiction, Wigleaf Top 50Longform Fiction, Carve Magazine, Hobart, NANO FictionMonkeybicycle, Pithead Chapel, Gigantic Sequins, Folio, American Short Fiction (online), Midwestern Gothic, JukedWord Riot, Sundog Lit, The Rumpus, and many others. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper.

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James R. Gapinski / Managing Editor

James R. Gapinski holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and an MA in Humanities with a Postmodern Literary Studies concentration from Prescott College. He is currently associate faculty at Ashford University. His fiction has appeared in Cheap Pop, JukedMonkeybicycleNANO FictionWord RiotSmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner, two cats, and a collection of 8-bit video games.

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Chelsea Werner-Jatzke / Outreach Coordinator

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer from NYC living in Seattle. She received heChelsea Werner-Jatzker MFA from Goddard College and is managing fiction editor at Pacifica Literary Review. She is co-founder of Till, an annual writing retreat in Arlington, WA, and Lit.mustest, a reading series at the Richard Hugo House. She is the author of two chapbooks: Thunder Lizard (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) (H_NGM_N, 2016) and Adventures in Property Management (forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Her stories have appeared in Sonora Review, MonkeybicycleEveryday Genius, SpringGun Press, Pif, Beecher’s Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.

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Uma Rallabhandi / Senior Editor

Uma Rallabhandi holds a doctorate in psychology. She is an avid reader, though most of her writing takes the form of lengthy assessments and patient reports.

Hillary Leftwich / Associate Editor

leftwich-hillary-headshot-2Hillary Leftwich is a native of Colorado and currently lives in Denver with her son. In her day jobs, she has worked as a private investigator, maid, and pinup model. Her writing appeared recently in NANO Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, One Sentence Love Stories with Meg Pokrass and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review. Her flash fiction story, “Free Lunch,” is forthcoming in Progenitor and was also nominated for The Pushcart Prize. When she isn’t writing flash fiction she is reading it and more than likely eating it. She also writes creative nonfiction flash. She loves Steve Almond bios and hopes that one day she can be as badass as him.

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Holly Lopez / Fiction Editor

Holly Lopez photoHolly Lopez holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Her work has appeared in Plots With Guns, Charlotte Viewpoint, and Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Marjorie Blankenship Melton Award in Fiction. Originally from upstate New York, Holly currently lives as a freelance writer in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, Doberman Pinscher, and several psychotic squirrels that inhabit the back yard.

Marina Petrova / Fiction Editor
Marina Petrova lives and writes in New York City. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Underwater New York, and Calliope Anthology. She received an MFA from The New School in May 2014.
William VanDenBerg / Fiction Editor
William VanDenBerg is the author of Lake of Earth (Caketrain Press, 2013) and Apostle Islands (Solar Luxuriance, 2013). His fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Okey Panky, No Tokens, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Holly Tri / Copy Editor

Holly Tri is an editor at Inkwater Press in Portland, Oregon. She also does freelance editing work. She has a BAS in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Born and raised in Minnesota, she and her family now live near Portland, Oregon, just an hour away from a day at the beach. In addition to editing, Holly also writes fiction and has a passion for ancient and medieval history. Her short story “Eight Hours” appeared in the online journal The Rejected Writer in spring 2014, and she was invited to join The Rejected Writer as an editor a short time later.

Former Guest Editors & Contest Judges

Amelia Gray / Contest Judge (Print, 2015)

Manuel Gonzales / Contest Judge (Print, 2014)

Ashley Farmer / Contest Judge (Online, 2014)

Marc Schuster / Guest Editor (2013)

Benjamin Schachtman / Guest Editor (2013)

Ian Chung / Guest Editor (2012)

Tristan Beach / Guest Editor (2012)