• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Judges Named for Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jun 10, 2022

Cat & Mouse Press has announced the judges for its 2022 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

Writers are invited to submit stories between 500 and 3,500 words that feature Rehoboth Beach and fit the Beach Holidays theme. The first place winner will receive $500, second place $250 and third place $100.

The top 20-25 stories will appear in the “Beach Holidays” anthology, to be published by Cat & Mouse Press in November.

The judges for this year’s competition are Jackson Coppley, Lois Hoffman, Dennis Lawson, Mary Pauer, Dylan Roche and Candace Vessella.

Now in its 10th year, the contest is sponsored by Browseabout Books.

Jackson Coppley is the author of Nicholas Foxe’s hit adventure series “Leaving Lisa – An AI Love Story” and numerous short stories. Coppley combines his ideas of a career in telecommunications and computers with his talent for telling a good story. He resides with his wife Ellen in Rehoboth Beach and Chevy Chase, Md.

Lois Hoffman is the owner of The Happy Self-Publisher and the award-winning author of “Write a Book, Grow Your Business”, as well as “The Self-Publishing Roadmap” and “Barriers”. She helps new and experienced writers confidently share their voice to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others through personalized book writing, publishing and marketing services.

Dennis Lawson is an English teacher at Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington. His fiction has appeared in Philadelphia Stories, Crimespree Magazine, the Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology series, and other publications. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Camden and received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as an Emerging Fiction Artist in 2014.

Pushcart nominee Mary Pauer earned her MFA in Creative Writing in 2010 from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Pauer publishes short fiction, essays, poetry and prose locally, nationally and internationally. She has published in The Delmarva Review, Southern Women’s Review, and Foxchase Review, among others, and in anthologies featuring Delaware writers. His latest collection, “Traveling Moons”, is a compilation of writings about nature. Donations from sales help the Kent County SPCA Equine Rescue Center. Pauer was the Delaware Division of the Arts’ 2019 Literary Fellow in Creative Nonfiction, its third DDoA Literary Fellowship. Pauer accepts private clients for development publishing.

Dylan Roche is an award-winning journalist, novelist, playwright, and blogger from Annapolis, Maryland. When he’s not writing about health and fitness for magazines, he can usually be found writing fantasy fiction. His debut novel, “The Purple Bird,” debuted in 2019. He serves on the board of the Eastern Shore Writers Association and hosts the monthly fiction writing group Get Lit. His plays have been produced on stage throughout Maryland. He is also an ultramarathon runner and corgi wrestler.

Candace Vessella is the president of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library, an avid reader and library enthusiast. She began her career as an intelligence analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency and retired in 2009 from her position as Vice President of Government Relations at BAE Systems Inc. Along with her civilian career, she served 25 years as an intelligence officer in the US Navy. Reserve, retiring as captain. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from Southern Connecticut State University and her master’s degree in international relations and African studies from the American University in Washington, DC.

The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest entry deadline is Friday, July 1 and the fee is $10 per entry. Each author can submit up to three stories. Entries will be evaluated by the jury and chosen based on creativity, quality of writing, suitability for a beach reading, and fit with the theme. Contest information and guidelines are posted on the Cat & Mouse Press website at catandmousepress.com.

Potential entrants are encouraged to read “How to Write Winning Short Stories” and its workbook, available at local bookstores and online, and to view previous books in the Rehoboth Beach Reads series to see the types of stories who have been selected in previous years. .