It's official: From the scores of entries in the second annual Seniority short story contest, three winners have been selected. You'll find the stories in today's centerpiece; here, we introduce you to the contest judges.
Harriet Deer is a retired professor of English from the University of South Florida. She taught theory of fiction for many years along with film, popular culture and Shakespeare. Deer edited four books on popular culture and modern drama and has published articles on contemporary fiction and drama.
Minda Stephens is a playwright and native of Tampa now working in Orlando. She has published and produced plays nationally. Stephens won the Individual Artist Fellowship from the state of Florida in 1993. She recently won the Comedy Writing Competition in Denton, Texas. She is member of Stageworks, Tampa; Minneapolis Playwright's Center (three awards) and Dramatist's Guild.
Theodora Aggeles is a freelance writer and native of St. Petersburg. She has published fiction and non-fiction for publications in the United States and Canada. Aggeles was chairwoman for the 1995 University of South Florida Bayboro Fiction Contest.
Niela Eliason is a freelance writer and columnist with the Times. A USF graduate in English, she founded the USF Bayboro Fiction Contest 10 years ago. She has published short fiction and recently released her first book, Kitchen Tables and Other Midlife Musings.