Write Michigan judges follow this rubric when evaluating the 10 semifinalist stories in their category.

Adult Category

Chad V. Broughman

Chad V. Broughman was the recipient of the Rusty Scythe Prize Book award in 2016 and won the Adobe Cottage Writers Retreat in 2017. Recently, Chad published a chapbook, “the forsaken,” through Etchings Press, was anthologized in “On Loss,” an anthology and won the “First Chapter” contest via Arch Street Press. His fiction is in journals nationwide — Carrier Pigeon, East Coast Literary Review, River Poets Journal, Burningword, Faith, Hope & Fiction, Sky Island Journal and Darling Axe — and is forthcoming in Pulp Literature and From Whispers to Roars. He served as co-editor for the fiction/poetry blog, Café Aphra, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Spalding University. Chad teaches English and Creative Writing at the secondary and post-secondary levels and is the proud father of two rambunctious young sons.

Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell is the author of “Reducated: An A-Z Guide to All Things Redhead” and “The Collins Crest,” a middle-grade ebook. She was the Judges’ Choice Runner-Up for the 2018-19 Write Michigan contest. Julie graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication, and received her Master of Business Administration from Northwood University. She currently resides in DeWitt, Mich., with her husband and three daughters.

Garrett Stack

Garrett Stack is an Assistant Professor of English at Ferris State University, where he teaches journalism, technical writing and creative writing; researches environmental communication; and writes poetry and fiction. His work is published in many places, but has appeared locally in the Dyer-Ives poetry collection “Voices,” the Write Michigan Anthology, and the 3288 Review.


Teen Category

Anneke Anglin

Anneke participated in and was a finalist in last year’s Write Michigan competition. She loves to read, write, play video games and explore nature. Anneke loves school. She goes to Forest Hills Central Middle and lives with her parents, little brother, and gerbil in Grand Rapids.


Eleanor Barrett

Eleanor grew up with her two loving parents and younger sister in the United Kingdom. When she turned four, her whole family moved to Göttingen, Germany, where she learned to speak German fluently. When she turned seven, she moved yet again to Grand Rapids, Mich. Here, she continued to develop love for the arts, including drawing, painting, and of course, writing. Since then, she has begun playing the cello, and in her free time enjoys drawing, reading, and snuggling with her miniature schnauzer.

Aric Davis

Aric Davis is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he worked for 16 years as a body piercer; he now writes full-time. Aric is the author of the Amazon No. 1 bestselling novel “Tunnel Vision” and the critically acclaimed young adult novel “Nickel Plated,” along with nine other works. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys roller coasters, hockey, and a good cigar.


Rebekah Glupker

Rebekah Glupker has a writing degree from Grand Valley State University and works for the Grand Rapids Public Library. Her writing has been featured in Great Lakes Review, Mindfray, and the Write Michigan 2019 Anthology. The only thing she loves more than reading and writing is chocolate ice cream, although she also enjoys hiking, game nights, and Disney movies.



Hope Patterson

Hope is a seventh-grade author who recently moved to a small town. She was a finalist in the Write Michigan competition last year and has taken part in the College for Kids writing program. She loves to write stories with big ideas or important messages to tell the reader.


Celia Stark

Celia was a 2018-2019 Write Michigan finalist. She is 12 years old and is excited to be a judge this year. She likes to read, write, draw and show chickens at the Kent County Youth Fair.


Justin Wolters

Justin Wolters is a caring friend, musician and writer. He plays the saxophone for the school band, sings for the choir and plays his guitar and bass for the praise team of his church. When he is not practicing or just having fun with his music, he can be found writing, reading or playing chess, his favorite game.



Judges to be announced.