Meet the Judges for the (De)Caffeinated Confessions Writing Competitions

(De)Caffeinated Confessions

The main reason I decide to submit my work to writing competitions (aside from that prize potential) is admiration for the judges. There’s plenty of that happening with this competition. So much, in fact, I’m bummed to be coordinating the contest and thereby unable to enter. That limit most likely does not apply to you, so have a seat, pick up your (de)caffeinated beverage, and let me introduce you to my friends.


Shareen Mansfield wears her heart like a sweater. When you need a friend, she’s there. When I think of her, I hear James Taylor. Shareen’s endless compassion has swayed her from journalism, seduced her into nursing, made her a one-woman rescue team for kids and kittens alike, earned her Mother of the Year every year since her 10-year-old’s birth, had her take on #LinkYourLife, generated #LinkYourCompassion, and led her to create On the Verge, a home for voices of all ages and experiences. It also made her squint until her head hurt as she tried to think up the best competition for you all; one that would reflect her sense of humor, meet friends and readers in a common space, and raise money for Noah’s service dog fund.


Diana Gordon you know from #WeekendCoffeeShare, a coming-together of friends at the Twitter table every Saturday. Grab your mug, pull up a chair and step into the life of your cyber-friends. Diana is a writer, bookworm, feminist, and social media junkie. You can find her blogging about monsters and holding regular coffee chats at Part-Time Monster. You can also follow her on Twitter @parttimemonster or find her on Facebook at She lives in New Orleans with her son, her husband, and one very energetic terrier. 


London-based, deep-thinking humorist and heartthrob Tom Hocknell writes on “the main questions of modern life, such as Pop music, Social Media, and the desperate need for the return of Lyons’ tea houses in London. Between January and June 2010 [he] enrolled on the Faber Academy novel writing course under the guidance of Richard Skinner, and in 2012 won the Brighton Fringe’s Writer’s Den.” Tom does not drink coffee, but he knows and enjoys a correctly made cup of tea.

Find full competition details on our Submittable page.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

3 Discussion to this post

  1. Norah says:

    It’s a great cause. Nice to meet the judges.

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  2. […] funny are you? Shareen wants to know. She, Diana and Tom are waiting to read you. I hope you take the time to bring a smile to Shareen’s face. I know she’s done that for […]

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