Gauntlet Judges

Judges don’t take excuses, hear hard-luck cases, or grade on a scale. They are nerdy and wordly-wise creatures who will inspect your mechanics, but who are also lovers of vivid characters and memorable plots. They want a reviewer to be in-depth, but don’t mind a little humor either. Our list of judges may look different year-by-year, but they all have one thing in common: They’re awesome. These are our judges.


Steven Lugo
Steven is a writer and WYRM from New England who used to write articles about comics, and gratefully-forgotten newspaper content. His fiction has appeared in magazines such as Kaleidotrope. His continuing struggles include keeping the Man from getting him down,  pronouncing the letter ‘r’, and enduring you celebrity types who don’t know a revolution when you see one.


Chy Burch
Chy Burch is a reader. She has no respect for ink and paper, screen, or font. Gimmicks don’t matter to her. She will delve into your story and look at you from within it. She’ll talk to your characters behind your back and find out if you’ve really captured them. And she will expect you to be just as involved when reviewing the work of others.


Gale Peterson
Writer (Novelist, playwright, Artist, Designer, Photographer) When you have lived and worked as long as I have you will experience many jobs-careers, decade by decade: Stage to Film to Digital to Internet and beyond? I am still learning and exploring. From writers I look for logic, motivation, justification and a flow that captures my imagination. I love that words create images.


Beth Sadler
Beth spends her days trying to convince adolescent humans that Shakespeare is awesome and “like” is meant to be a term of affection, not a filler carelessly stuffed in between words. She spends her nights writing fantasy and weaving tales in the ancient tradition. When she’s not teaching or writing, she enjoys reading other people’s tales. King Arthur is her favorite; she’s a sucker for tales of medieval chivalry (none of that watered-down Victorian version for her).

Previous Judges & Special Thanks

These were the judges, guests, lurkers behind the scenes and rockstars who came and ruled Gauntlets Past. Their names might not be on this year’s roster, but you never know.

Stephanie Cassey, Chelsea Crutchley, Khanh Mai, Cathy Douglas, Sheila Beebe

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