Grand Prize

Bleeding Hearts
Ash Krafton

Romance / Historical

First Prize

Time's Fool
Terra Ziporyn

Second Prize

Hattie's Promise
Carolyn Frank

Mainstream / Literary

First Prize

Grace at War
Susan Moger

Second Prize

Night Swimming
Sharon Broomall

Mystery / Suspense / Thriller

First Prize

The Watchman's Tale
Jonathan Sicherman

Second Prize

Class Act: A Rosalie Hart Mystery
Wendy Sand Eckel

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Speculative

First Prize

Bleeding Hearts
Ash Krafton

Second Prize

Thief of Hope
Cindy Young-Turner

MWA 2008 Novel Contest Judges

Jenny Brown

Victor Brown

Tony Burton

Tony Burton is an author, the editor/owner of the Crime and Suspense ezine, and the owner of Wolfmont LLC, a small-press publishing company. He has edited four crime anthologies, as well as being a contributor to two other anthologies. His stories and articles have appeared in a number of venues, including Great Mystery and Suspense magazine, Writers' Journal magazine, Woman's World magazine and various online venues such as Reflection's Edge and Thuglit.

C. J. Cooper

Eric Edwards

Eric Edwards has approximately 20 years of experience in professional writing and editing. He is currently the leader of the Technical Publications Team at the SURVICE Engineering Company in Belcamp, MD, where he is responsible for preparing and publishing a wide range of documentation, including technical reports, conference papers, magazine/journal articles, books, user manuals, marketing materials, and website text. In addition, Mr. Edwards writes and edits through his freelance company, Deer Creek Documentation, in Forest Hill, MD; and he teaches a seminar on effective writing for corporate, government, and school groups. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from Bob Jones University and a master of science degree in professional writing from Towson University. He is also a member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and a Senior Member of the Society for Technical Communication.

Newton Love

Newt Love is "the most famous person nobody has heard of." He is a scientist (Technical Fellowship), author (with two publishers), composer, painter, ceramicist, sculptor, and about two degrees of freedom from normal. Most people who hear his life story remark "Nobody can have done all that!" It's all true, except the culturally required embellishments. Read his bio at his author & composer web site

Jane Frutchey

Jane Frutchey is a Finksburg-based writer/editor with 24 years of experience, serving book, journal, newspaper, and magazine publishers. Her creative nonfiction and poetry earned multiple awards in the Maryland Writers' Association 2005 Short Works Contest and in the Missouri Saturday Writers' 2005 Poetry Contest. Jane's feature articles have been published in many local and regional newspapers and magazines, including The Baltimore Sun,Maryland LifeMason-Dixon Arrive, and Baltimore Dog, among others. Her prose and poetry have been published in Women on a Wire, Vol. 2, September 11: Maryland Voices, the Cuivre River Anthology, and Spot of Grace: Remarkable Stories About How You Do Make a Difference. She is author of Seven Steps to Starting and Running an Editorial Consulting Business and owner of Country Creek Bookstore, an Internet bookshop.

Dana Kollman

Dana Kollmann holds a BS degree in anthropology from Towson University, a MFS from George Washington University, and a MA and a Ph. D. in anthropology from American University. Dana's experience in forensic archaeology and anthropology has been obtained primarily through her training at the Smithsonian Institution. She has worked in museums throughout the United States performing examinations of curated skeletal collections. Her field experience includes mass grave exhumation and victim identification in the former Yugoslavia; grave identification and exhumation of Texas gunfighter Wild Bill Longley; work on the human remains aboard the Hunley Civil War submarine; analysis of Roman plague victimes in Croatia; and examinaion of Mayan remains excavated from tombs in the Petn region of Guatemala. In the past 10 years, Dana has performed exhumations of at least 35 different archaeological and clandestine grave sites throughout the country. She has 11 years of crime lab experience, 10 of which was obtained through her work as a Forensic Services Technician with the Baltimore County Police Department where she completed all but a few hours of her training as a footwear and tiretrack examiner. Dana has authored and co-authored a number of journal articles, technical reports, and most recently published Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand: Curious Adventires of a CSI, which details her rather unusual experiences as a CSI. Dana is currently an Assistant Professor at Towson University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and works part-time for an archaeological consulting firm, TRC Garrow Associates.

Loree Lough

Award-winning author Loree Lough has 64 books, 59 short stories, and more than 2,500 articles in print. Since 1990, she has developed and taught online, for area colleges and professional organizations, and travels the U.S. and abroad to lead workshops on a variety of how-to-write topics. In 1999, she developed Leading Edge Writers' Studios, 1-3 day seminars designed to enhance writers' careers regardless of genre or skill level. Over the years, Loree has judged hundreds of contests and mentored thousands of writers, more than 500 of whom are now published authors. (For more details about Loree's recent releases and teaching credentials, visit

Margaret Meacham

Margaret Meacham is the award-winning author of fourteen novels for children and young adults, including Oyster MoonSecret of Heron CreekQuiet! You're Invisible, and A Mid-Semester Night's Dream, as well as reviews, articles and short stories for numerous publications. Meacham teaches writing and children's literature at Goucher College and Gotham Writer's Workshops. She has lectured at schools, universities and conferences throughout the nation. Her newest book, A Fairy's Guide To Understanding Humans has just been released from Holiday House Publishers in New York. She is currently at work on a new novel.

Lucy Moran

Jill Morrow

Jill Morrow is the author of ANGEL CAFE and THE OPEN CHANNEL. Past careers include singing in bands and practicing law. She is currently a freelance editor who lives in Baltimore.

Joy Perrino

Joy Perrino Choquette is a full-time freelance writer who lives in New England with her husband and pets. She has just completed her first novel, a political/medical thriller, and is currently at work on her second novel. In her free time she enjoys reading about environmental issues and trying to live more simply.

Patricia Punt

Patricia Punt is a freelance writer and writing instructor at Harford Community College. Her magazine article for teens on the dangers of steroids will be published in January 2009. She is currently working on a mystery novel.

Melanie Rigney

Melanie Rigney has more than thirty years of experience in the communications and publishing industry. In the past four years, her business,, has provided more than two hundred authors and agents with manuscript evaluation and editing services. Melanie spent nearly five years as the editor of Writer's Digest magazine, including a year with Writer's Digest Books. Earlier, she worked for Advertising Age magazine, Macmillan Computer Publishing, Thomson Financial Publishing, and United Press International.

Beth Rubin

Beth Rubin is a prize-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, Split Ends, won a first prize for fiction in 2001 (the first year of the MWA novel contest). She is the author of Frommer's Washington, D.C. With KidsThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C. for Dummies, and, most recently, Delaware Curiosities. Her features and essays appear in print and on the WWW. Through her business,, she edits, collaborates, ghostwrites, and coaches writers through the publishing minefield. Beth works and inhales chocolate at her home/office in Annapolis, where she's working on a second novel. Between deadlines her four grandchildren, sailing, and travel inspire her.

Carol Fungaroli Sargent

Carole Fungaroli Sargent is the author of two books with Farrar, Straus & Giroux that received notice in many national media outlets. As the Director of Georgetown's Office of Scholarly and Literary Publications, she guides its faculty and select Washington professionals to book publication. She is working on a third book with an 18th-century theme.

Vonnie Winslow Crist

Vonnie Winslow Crist, MS Professional Writing Towson University, has had short fiction published in England, Spain, and the U.S. One of her science fiction stories is currently online at, and two more of her genre stories are due out this year in Aoife's Kiss and Tales of the Talisman. She's edited several sf/f/h anthologies including Lower Than The Angels and Through A Glass Darkly, and her fantasy novel, The Enchanted Skean, is currently represented by Firebrand Literary.

MWA 2008 Novel Contest Winners