Former Judge, USA

Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer and editor living in New York. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and of the New York State Summer Writers Program. She attended Wadham College at the University of Oxford for a year and fell in love with Oxford. She hopes to return one day.

Ilana Masad’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, Tin House’s Open Bar, Printer’s Row, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The Toast, Hypertext Magazine, and more. Her full list of publications can be found at, while her flash fiction and much of her writing can be found at

She is also the founder of, a podcast that aims to showcase new, emerging, or struggling writers (arguably, that last criterion is probably relevant to all writers).  The podcast accepts new and previously published stories, interviews the authors, and scores each story – usually read by the author – with a new and individual soundtrack. The goal is to give writers a voice. Writing is hard enough; getting heard should be a little bit easier.

After being shortlisted twice on Mash Stories (a venture she believes in very much) and writing some blog posts for the site, she was invited to join as a judge.