Our Judges

Shannon Iwanski


Shannon Iwanski is president of the Tulsa-based writing group Nevermore Edits, a member of Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., and Editor-in-Chief of Inkubus Publishing, LLC. To learn more about him and his plans to turn the world into a dystopian society, check out shannoniwanski.com.

Mac Boyle


Mac Boyle writes mainly because he can't carry a tune. In addition to operating Party Now, Apocalypse Later Industries, he is the author of Right - A Novel of Politics; A Loss For Normalcy; The Devil Lives in Beverly Hills; Orson Welles of Mars; and Have Time, Will Travel. He is also the producer of a full-cast audio drama, The Fourth Wall. The second season of the series is currently in development. His upcoming novel, The Once and Future Orson Welles, will be available in 2018. In his spare time, Boyle works for an un-named federal agency that is one-hundred percent NOT a cover for the CIA. If the universe hadn’t seen fit to create pinball, he might have been a truly great man. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Lora, and a surly, fluffy thing named Abbey Bartlet.

Donna A. Leahey


As a child in school, Donna Leahey turned her vocabulary homework into short stories. Years later, she is still crafting stories. Geek, gamer, writer, mother, procrastinator, and pet lover, Donna is a practicing veterinarian and free-lance writer as well as an active creator of podcasts. You can hear her and her friends on Beyond the Cabin in the Woods: A Good Ghouls Guide to Horror, Collective Snark, and Once More With Feeling: A 20th Anniversary Fancast as well as her soon-to-be-released 4th podcast, The Family Business: A Supernatural Fancast. You can follow her on Twitter at @soonerdvm.

Z Lee Schulein


Z Lee is a fantasy, horror, romance, and YA/New Adult writer. They entered a writing contest in the 3rd grade, won first place, and found out about their win when they steamed open the envelope meant for their parents. Z has been creating stories, and reading other people's mail ever since. You can find them on Tumblr at she-says-that-is-not-my-name.tumblr.com and you can catch them on a couple of the Snarkcasts—Collective Snark and The Family Business.

Jack Burgos

The Contest Administrator


Jack Burgos is a 34-year-old author of transgressive, speculative fiction living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Colombian and Cuban immigrants. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2007, with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Philosophy, a Political Science minor, and a concentration in Creative Writing. He graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2013.

Jack and his friends founded the writing critique group Nevermore Edits in 2012, through which he continues to improve his craft. His work has been published in Happy Days, Sweetheart, Beyond the Nightlight, Now Playing in Theater B, and Dark and Dangerous Things III. He edited Broken Worlds, published by A Murder of Storytellers. His serial Stormborn debuts in 2017 with its first book, Thirteen Hearts to Start a Storm. When he isn't writing, Jack proudly works as a home-based counselor in Youth Services of Tulsa's Counseling and Recovery Services program.