2004 Judges

Dan Chaon
Ann Christophersen
Bridgid Hughes


Dan Chaon
photo by Philip Chaon

Dan Chaon's most recent book is the novel You Remind Me of Me (Ballantine, 2004) His book of short stories, Among the Missing, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. His first collection of short stories, Fitting Ends, was published by Northwestern University Press in 1996, and has been reissued by Ballantine Books (2003) in a revised edition. Chaon's stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and have been included in Best American Short Stories of 1996 and 2003, The Pushcart Prize 2000, 2002, and 2003, and the Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards.

He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife and two sons, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College, where he is the Houck Associate Professor in the Humanities.

Ann Christophersen

Ann Christophersen is co-owner of Women & Children First, a feminist and children's bookstore she founded 25 years ago with business partner Linda Bubon. The store is located in Chicago and hosts weekly literary and other readings. Ann recently completed six years of service on the board of the American Booksellers Association, the last two as president. She earned a Master's Degree in English Literature in 1976.

Bridgid Hughes

Brigid Hughes is the founder and editor of a new literary journal, A Public Space. She previously served as the Executive Editor of The Paris Review.