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As I mentioned when advertising the “Reader Issue” writing contest, I am not the only judge for this contest. I thought you would enjoy getting to know the other two judges! Check out Claire’s and Kaitlin’s bios below. (Special note: If you submitted something for the contest, we are still determining the winners, but all contest winners will be notified on or before January 1, 2013.) Here we go, in alphabetical order:

Claire Kaemmerling is an experienced reader, writer, and editor. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cedarville University, she moved to Mexico City, Mexico, and spent four years teaching junior high and high school English to ex-pats. Kaemmerling recently relocated to New Orleans to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing and currently works as a referrals coordinator in a doctor’s office. Some of her favorite writers include Joan Didion, Nicole Krauss, and Anthony Doerr. You can visit her blog at

Kaitlin Marshburn graduated from Cedarville University in 2007 with an Integrated Language Arts Education major and TESOL minor and from California State University Stanislaus in 2011 with a Master of Education. She has been married to the love of her life, Justin, for three years. Marshburn loves to hike, run, scrapbook, read, cook, and be involved with church. Her latest hobby is renovating her 1935 house. She teaches American Literature and Essay & Creative Writing at a vocational high school to pay for all the renovations of the aforementioned house. You can visit her blog at

I will be publishing the submissions of the winners of this year’s contest in the January 2013 issue of my free monthly e-newsletter, which you can sign up to receive on the homepage of

Wishing you had submitted something for the writing contest? You’ll get your chance! We stopped accepting submissions on November 12, but I am planning on holding this contest each year and will begin accepting submissions for the second annual “Reader Issue” writing contest in August 2013. Stay tuned to my blog and this coming summer for the rules!