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S.E. SEVER

Founder, Switzerland

S.E. is a writer herself. She studied Archaeology and Anthropology, before gaining a diploma in Film and Digital Media, and completing an MSc in Brain Sciences at University College London. She comes from a media background.
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Edita Viktute

EDITA VITKUTE

Director of Social Media, England

Edita is the Director of Social Media at Mash Stories. She is a trained linguist and she is passionate about building a loving community and introducing new people to the world of Mash Stories.
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KATE KEARNS

Platform Manager, USA

Kate is a poet and freelance editor. As the second busiest person at Mash, she manages the competition and jury, writes the newsletter, engages in witty email exchanges with Mashers, and embraces the essential “et cetera” of running a platform.
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RACHEL STERN

Content Manager, Germany

Rachel Stern is a Berlin-based journalist and travel writer. She’s reported on topics ranging from Berlin’s “Silicon Allee” to Slate, Spiegel Online and The Huffington Post. She contributes to Mash Stories at crucial times.
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RICHARD DANCSI

Tech Advisor, Berlin

As an independent consultant, software developer and entrepreneur, Richard explores emerging technologies and how they transform the world we live in. He empowers organizations to make full use of their mobile strategies and excel in a rapidly-changing environment.
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Cheryl Whittaker

CHERYL WHITTAKER

Chief Editor, Belgium

Cheryl is Mash’s Chief Editor. She’s has been with Mash since day one, and she is one of the driving forces behind Mash. She is a copy-editor and proofreader by trade. She writes non-fiction, fiction prose and poetry, and is currently working on a poetry collection.
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JENNIFER HARVEY

Senior Editor, Netherlands

Jennifer has contributed to MASH’s development since the early stages. Her radio drama won the 2001 European Regional Prize in the BBC World Service International Playwriting competition.
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@JenAnneHarvey

Chris Perry

CHRIS PERRY

Mash Club Coordinator, USA

Christopher Perry is a contributing writer for Elite Daily. His work can also be found on The Dodo and Thought Catalog.  Chris is excited to help other writers improve their craft.
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BILL BIBO

Blog Coordinator, USA

Bill Bibo has been a Mash household name since it began. He submitted a story every quarter for nine competitions straight, won the seventh, and also made appearances on the blog. All along, he was a loyal and vocal Mash supporter, so we made him a member of our staff. Bill now inspires, assigns, and coordinates articles for the Mash Blog.
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STEFANIE SIDORTSOVA

Advisor & Senior Editor, USA

Stefanie Sidortsova is a lawyer and writer. Stefanie received her MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge, her JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and her BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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Olga Husch

OLGA HUSCH

Senior Editor, Germany

Olga has witnessed the birth of Mash Stories as an idea. She is a multilingual bookworm. Her fascination with combinatorics in narrations and multilingual wordplays led her to study Russian, French, German and English literature.
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MFC FEELEY

Senior Editor, USA

MFC’s story, “Morning Coffee,” was shortlisted in the fifth Mash Stories Competition. She joined our jury for the sixth competition in the winter of 2015.
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R. DANIEL LESTER

Senior Editor, Canada

R. Daniel Lester is the sixth winner of the Mash Stories Competition and joined our jury in the summer of 2015. He has self-published three books, and his work has appeared online and in print in many publications.
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LUCY GOACHER

Senior Editor, UK

Lucy offers critiques to emerging writers while crafting stories of her own. She joined the Mash Stories jury in the summer of 2015.
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ANDREA GUEVARA

Judge, USA

Andrea is an author and literary scholar. She also serves as the Brand Director for a conference and community for women and gender non‑conforming writers.   Read More…

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BOKERAH BRUMLEY

Judge, USA

Bokerah Brumley is a speculative fiction writer based in Texas. Her work has appeared on the Mash Stories shortlist, and she has exciting new work coming out in 2016. Bokerah joined the jury for the 10th Mash Stories Competition.
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@msbbrumley

Barbara Harroun

BARBARA HARROUN

Senior Editor, USA

Barbara Harroun is an Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University. Her most recent work is forthcoming in Slip Stream, Eastern Iowa Review, Empty Sink, Per Contra Fiction, Fiction Southeast, Spelk, and Watershed Review.
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Gareth Hewitt

GARETH HEWITT

Senior Editor, UK

The winner of the fifth Mash competition, Gareth joined the Mash jury for the seventh instalment of the contest. He was delighted to discover the philosophy of helping writers develop, and the sincere love of writing, is even more apparent behind the scenes. He is genuinely honoured to be involved.
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LIBBY CARPENTER

Judge, UK

Libby is a writer from northern England. Her work has appeared many times on Mash Stories. She joined the Mash jury in the summer of 2016.

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MOLLY QUELL

Judge, Netherlands

Molly is an American writer and digital communications expert based in the Netherlands. She joined our jury in the summer on 2016.
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@mollyquell

Remco Vrielink

REMCO VRIELINK

Personal Development Coach, Germany

Remco is the founder of Creative Consciousness Germany. He offers groundbreaking personal development and coach training courses, and spends time at Mash Stories once a quarter, to empower the winner of the latest Mash Competition to achieve their goals.
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Kate Baker

KATE BAKER

Narrator, USA

Kate is the winner of the the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013. She currently working for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and giving a voice to two shortlisted Mash stories each month.
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Daniel Kerry

DANIEL KERRY

Narrator, England

Daniel has been a professional actor since 1991. If you’ve listened to an episodes of the Mash podcast, then you’re already familiar with Daniel’s voice. The cheery, friendly voice at the beginning and end of each episode is his.
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HAZEL ANDERSON

Narrator, UK

Hazel is an artist, a trained actor, clown, circus performer, street performer and all round talented creator. She lends her voice to the Mash Podcast.
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HANNAH COOPER-DEAN

Narrator, UK

Hannah is an actor and voice artist. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, her voice appears on the Mash Stories Podcast.
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@hcooperdean

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NATALIE WINTER

Narrator, UK

Natalie is a London-based performer and voice actor. She especially loves science fiction stories, but she relishes all the new work coming from Mash writers.
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ERIN LILLIS

Narrator, USA

Erin is a professional voice artist, and her writing has appeared on the Mash Stories shortlist several times, and she also performs stories for the Mash Podcast.   Read More…

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Dave Martin

DAVE MARTIN

Narrator, Canada

Dave Martin is a voice actor, singer, musician, composer and sound designer for film, television and internet content. He also narrates for Mash podcast and reads for the phone app Umano, and has over 3 million listens.
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Duncan Stripp

DUNCAN STRIPP

Narrator, England

After training at A1 VOX studios in London, he completed another voice-over course by Gravy For The Brain. Today, Duncan lends his mesmerising voice to breathe life into characters written by the shortlisted Mash Stories writers.
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Marie Louise Cookson

MARIE LOUISE COOKSON

Narrator, England

Marie is one of the newest Mash narrators. She has a B.A. in Classical Studies at King’s College London. As a writer-actor, she voiced animated characters and performed monologues, one-act plays and short stories in various venues.
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Stephen Chesterton

STEPHEN CHESTERTON

Narrator, England

Stephen Chesterton’s vocal career includes characters in game mods: the grizzled American marine that’s all “Gimme sumthin to kill”, Father Christmas, and even a Star Trek lieutenant. Stephen narrates for a Mash Podcast on a regular basis.
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ELISA BERKELEY

Narrator, UK

Elisa is a professional voice artist based in the UK, but her accent stems from her childhood in California.   Read More…

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LORRAINE ANSELL

Narrator, UK

Lorraine Ansell is an experienced bilingual voice over artist and writes blogs on voice work and travelling.
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@LAvoiceart

Jon Severity

JON SEVERITY

Narrator, UK

Jon Severity embraces art in all its forms, from the visual to the musical. His adventures have taken him from London to Los Angeles and back again. He is currently a professional voice-over artist in London, and a regular narrator for Mash Podcast.
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Shinoj Abraham

SHINOJ ABRAHAM

Graphic Designer, India

Shinoj has studied Arts and Visual Effects (VFX) at Punjab Technical University (PTU). He’s a graphic designer, a cinematographer, a photographer, and an art lover.
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Pamela Sinclair

PAMELA SINCLAIR

Graphic Designer, USA

One of Mash’s talented designers, Pamela, developed a love for art and books at an early age. Though starting out with drawing, she moved to the digital platform as the internet took off.
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Miles Rausch

MILES RAUSCH

Senior Editor, USA

Miles Rausch is the first ever winner of the Mash Stories Competition. He has since shortlisted other stories, written for Mash Blog, and has now joined the team of judges.
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Josh Flynn

JOSH FLYNN

Journalist, USA

A writer and journalist, Josh Flynn is Mash Stories’s official journalist and one of the main blog writers. His essays, stories, and articles have appeared in The Indianapolis Star, Nuvo Newsweekly, Slam Magazine, Copper Press, and Punchnel’s.
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Nina Badzin

NINA BADZIN

Former Judge, USA

Nina has a degree in Political Science and Spanish. After a graduate degree in English Education at the University of Minnesota and three years as an English teacher, she decided to give the writing dream a try. Her short stories have been published in over a dozen journals and anthologies.
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MASSIMO MARINO

Judge, Italy

Massimo is the author of the Daimones trilogy and a forthcoming new novel. He joined the Mash jury in 2015.
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Chris Davis

CHRIS DAVIS

Website Manager, USA

Chris is responsible for the look of Mash as a platform. His designs have become the face of Mash across many platforms. Chris has a Bachelor in Arts in Media Communications from Franciscan University. He’s also studied philosophy and theology in Austria.
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Patrick Collins

PATRICK COLLINS

HR Manager, England

Patrick is responsible for the Mash Team as a whole. After working for several start-up companies, and then running a virtual assistant business, he gained a great deal of experience with helping people and solving problems. With Mash, he takes care of the human resources department.
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Liviu Iancu

LIVIU IANCU

Digital Artist, Romania

Liviu is a digital artist. He’s particularly passionate about graphic design and 3D modelling. He’s the designer of the Mash Stories logo. He aims to lead a creative life: learning, improving and raising the standards of his work.
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JENNIFER BARCLAY

Judge, UK

Jennifer is the author of several books. She is also a freelance editor and literary agent with years of experience in the publishing industry.

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PIERS DUDGEON

Former Judge, Ireland

As well as being a publisher and author, Piers Dudgeon is a Guest Judge at Mash. In 1974 he launched a paperback imprint for the publisher W H Allen, and a decade later started Pilot Productions. He is currently writing a biography of Michael Llewelyn Davies, the real-life Peter Pan.
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ANTHONY CHAN

Former Judge, Hong Kong

Anthony is the Product Manager of Towerbabel, an online social reading and writing platform. He is constantly searching for talented writers and helps them to showcase their work to a wider audience.
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BRADEN ROOT

Former Judge, USA

Braden Root was one of the first judges for the Mash Stories Competition. He lives in Texas. He has worked as an editor for Write Bloody Publishing in Austin, while his poetry and photography have been published in various literary magazines.
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ELSPETH TAVACI

Judge, UK

Elspeth Tavaci is a children’s author and editor and has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She joined the Mash jury in the winter of 2015.
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DIANA BEECHENER

Former Judge, USA

A senior judge at Mash Stories, Diana has a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied literary analysis and film history. A proud member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association, she is a journalist and film reviewer for Bay Weekly.
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Tim Young

TIM YOUNG

Former Judge, USA

Tim joined Mash Stories as a judge to read for Mash Competition #5. He’s based in the US, and the author of the flash fiction collection, When We’re Afraid. He is currently finalizing the upcoming “pre-dystopian” science fiction novel, Chawlgirl Rising, for publication.
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Tara Bunch

TARA BUNCH

Former Judge, USA

Mash Judge, Tara’s professional background includes teaching English and working in publishing. A recent MFA graduate from Lesley University. Tara won a state poetry competition, held by the largest poetry festival in Maine, USA. Tara is working on a collection of poems.
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GEORGENE SMITH GOODIN

Former Judge, USA

Georgene has placed twice in the Mash Stories flash fiction competitions, once first and once third. She is thrilled to be switching from competitor to judge.
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Anasuya Isaacs

ANASUYA ISAACS

Former Judge, Germany

Anasuya’s prose, poetry and plays have been widely published. She is a teaching artist based in Berlin and is currently writing a book. She joined the Mash Stories jury in the summer of 2015.
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Amanda Pleau

AMANDA PLEAU

Former Judge, USA

One of our junior judges, Amanda, is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine’s MFA in Creative Writing. She was first published in the 5th grade when she wrote a letter to the editor of her hometown newspaper. Since then, she’s been blogging.
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Maria Sansalone

MARIA SANSALONE

Former Judge, USA

Maria Sansalone is a both traditionally and self-published author. Her work was shortlisted in the fourth Mash Stories Competition, and she joined the jury in the winter of 2015.
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KLAUS KOENIG

Former Judge, Denmark

Klaus is an author, copywriter, and Human Rights lawyer in Denmark. He has lived and worked in many countries, always gathering experience and inspiration for new texts.
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Jen Falkner

JEN FALKNER

Former Judge, Canada

Jennifer Falkner is a freelance editor, book reviewer, and writer based in Ottawa. She is the founder Circa, an online journal dedicated to historical fiction. Jen’s work has appeared on the Mash Stories shortlist, and sh joined our jury in 2015.
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Patricia Zoltan

PATRICIA ZOLTAN

Former Judge, Australia

Patricia is a writer and academic based in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the Founder and Managing Editor of Tiny Bites, an online literary journal and international literary salon, dedicated to short fiction. She joined our jury in the spring of 2015.
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ilana Masad

ILANA MASAD

Former Judge, USA

Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer and editor living in New York. 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. She is also the founder of TheOtherStories.com, a podcast that aims to showcase new, emerging, or struggling writers.   Read More…

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RAY PORTER

GUEST NARRATOR, USA

Ray Porter is an actor, casting director and audiobook narrator. He is known for his roles in Almost Famous and Argo. He kindly lent his well-known voice to the Mash Stories Podcast.
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Lorelei King

LORELEI KING

Guest Narrator, USA

An actress and multi-award-winning narrator, Ms. King has recorded over 200 audio books and was once described as ‘the best known American voice on Radio4.
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Tom Weiner

TOM WEINER

GUEST NARRATOR, USA

Best known for his performances of stories filled with many different character voices, Tom Weiner has won fifteen Earphone Awards and was the Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense in 2009. He narrated a Mash Stories Podcast episode in the Spring of 2015.  Read More…

Charles E. May

CHARLES E. MAY

Guest Judge, USA

Charles E. May is professor emeritus of literature at California State University and one of Mash’s honourable Judges. He’s published nine books, over 300 articles and reviews, and lectured in Europe as well as the US.
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