Nonfiction Judge, Laurie Scheer, is part of the faculty at UW-Madison’s Continuing Studies Writing Department and the Director of their annual Writer’s Institute. In 2013 she became the Managing Editor of the The Midwest Prairie Review Journal. Her current interest is in exploring ways to preserve good storytelling within the 21st century transmedia marketplace with her book The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre (Michael Wiese Productions, 2014)
Fiction Judge, Julie Tallard Johnson, MSW, is an award-winning author of 10 nonfiction books, her first was published in 1989 through Doubleday. She received the Independent Book award for Best Multicultural Book for Youth for The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens and the Star Review in Publisher’s Weekly for Teen Psychic. Julie has also written numerous articles and short fiction pieces for local papers and online magazines. She sends out a popular weekly blog: ALL-WRITE Wednesdays: World into Word. She teaches writing through the UW, Continuing Studies both on-line and in the classroom. Her first passion is writing and helping writers write.
Poetry Judge, Peggy Rozga, is a sought- after poetry workshop facilitator and speaker, civil rights activist, poet, playwright, professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, and the author of Justice Freedom Herbs (Word Tech Press 2015), Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad (Benu Press 2012) and 200 Nights and One Day (Benu Press 2009). She served as managing editor of the chapbook anthology Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin (Little Bird Press, 2013). Peggy is also the author of four books of poetry, most recently Pestiferous Questions : A Life in Poems.
Humor Judge, Joel Habush, is an award winning freelance copywriter-turned-humorist who lives in West Allis. A native Milwaukeean, Joel graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has been writing assiduously ever since. His humor pieces have won national and state recognition in many writing competitions. He is Immediate Past President of Working Writers of Wisconsin, and is presently a participant in Roundtables at Red Oak Writing. Joel is one of WUWM’s devoted listeners (especially when his essays are broadcast on Lake Effect).