2017 ASJA Award Judges

Special thanks to the following individuals for judging the 2017 ASJA Writing Awards. 

Christine G. Adamo Cheryl Katz
Terena Bell Debbie Koenig
Katie Brandt Brenda Lange
Iyna Caruso Cassandra Langer
Lisa Crayton Ellen Lee
Tove Danovich Allison Leopold
Milly Dawson Melanie Levs
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett Charlotte Libov
Seema Dhawan Christy Lyons
Richard Eisenberg Linda Marsa
Helene Epstein Debi Martin
Valerie Finholm Reji Mathew
Tori Finkle Michele Matrisciani
Mark Fuerst Loraine Page
Elaine Gewirtz Whitney Pipkin
Holly Gleason Todd Pitock
Toni Goldfarb Leslie Poston
Margie Goldsmith Dr. James L. Powell II
Mickey Goodman Alexa Rav
Vince Guerrieri Barbara Robertson
Kristine Hansen Candy Schulman
Dawn Michelle Hardy Beejoli Shah
Katherine Hauswirth Libby Slate
Jennie Helderman Gerry Souter
Amy Hourigan Wendy L. Sunshine
Frank Hyman Kim Thornton
Cheryl Jarvis Catherine Wald
Dean Jobb Loretta Waldman
Debbie Kaplan Helen Wolkowicz


Come celebrate the exceptional achievement of those winning 2017 Outstanding Writing Awards. Join us at the Awards Reception Friday, May 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m., at the Roosevelt Hotel, NYC. Tickets are available here.

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson