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Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award

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THE JUDGES

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David Vernon is a full time writer and editor.  While he is known for his non-fiction books about birth: Men at Birth, Having a Great Birth in Australia, Birth Stories and With Women, he has turned his hand to writing science articles for newspapers and magazines as well as scribbling the odd short story or two.  He established the Stringybark Short Stories Awards in 2010 to promote short story writing. He is the Chair of the ACT Writers Centre. He shares his land with kangaroos, chickens and two Border Collies. He is currently (very slowly) writing an Australian history book. David’s website is: www.davidvernon.net

Zena Shapter writes from a castle in a flying city hidden by a thundercloud. She is the winner of twelve national writing competitions, including a Ditmar Award and the Australian Horror Writers’ Association Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in numerous online and print venues including the Hugo-nominated ‘Sci Phi Journal’, ‘Midnight Echo’, ‘Award-Winning Australian Writing’ (twice), and ‘Antipodean SF’. Reviewer for Tangent Online Lillian Csernica has referred to her as a writer who “deserves your attention”. Her novel “Towards White” will be published in 2017 by the International Fantasy Writers’ Guild. In 2016 her co-authored science fiction middle grade novel “Into Tordon” was published by MidnightSun under the pseudonym Z.F. Kingbolt. She is also the founder and leader of Sydney’s award-winning Northern Beaches Writers’ Group, a book creator and mentor, creative writing tutor, editor, social media consultant and workshop presenter. Connect with her online via zenashapter.com

Julia Robertson resides on the beautiful NSW South Coast and wouldn’t give that up for the world. She  is currently between jobs and loving it. Finally she is indulging her creative interests and soon hopes to be inspired to write that book! Somehow she has to fit that in between doing online courses, reading, re-learning her musical instruments and travelling. She previously worked in Criminology and then owned and ran a small business whilst raising her family and small zoo.   Julia has judged three previous Stringybark competitions.

Graham Miller (bio on the way! Pidgeons are slow where he lives.)