Judges Uncovered: Feature Profiles of our Mystery Panel

Wondering who will be reading and reviewing your Mystery Short Stories? These three experienced judges can’t wait to dig into your work! Remember to submit your story by November 3, 2014 for these authors and literary critics to read your work.

Full Mystery Contest Details here.


Libby Fischer Hellmann


Chicagoan Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of eleven compulsively readable thrillers, including the newly released NOBODY’S CHILD, the 4th Georgia Davis crime thriller. Her other novels include the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” three additional hard-boiled Georgia Davis PI series, and three standalones: SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, A BITTER VEIL, and HAVANA LOST, a historical thriller set largely in Cuba. She also has written nearly twenty short stories and novellas. A transplant from Washington DC, she says they’ll take her out of Chicago feet first.


Alan Cook


Alan Cook of Southern California is the author of Mystery/Suspense novels, most recently the Carol Golden Series, in which Carol (a name she has given herself) gets amnesia in Forget to Remember from being hit on the head, and doesn’t remember her past, including her own identity. He has also written a children’s book, Dancing with Bulls (illustrated by Janelle Carbajal), and a young-adult book. Alan is a walker and traveler, and has also written about walking adventures.


Michael Bray

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Michael Bray is a Horror author based in Leeds, England. Influenced from an early age by the suspense horror of authors such as Stephen King, and the trashy pulp TV shows like Tales From The Crypt & The Twilight Zone, he started to work on his own fiction, and spent many years developing his style. In September 2012, he released a collection of interlinked short stories, titled Dark Corners. His second release was a Novella titled MEAT. His first full length novel, a supernatural horror titled Whisper, following great critical acclaim went on to be a #1 best selling book on Amazon in the overall horror category in both the U.S and U.K. Its sequel, Echoes, also achieved best seller status upon its release in May 2014. Michael recently signed a 9-book publishing deal, and has several titles scheduled for release between now and the end of 2017.

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