3rd Annual SymmyS Award Contestants

Martin Clear, of Sydney, Australia, is a computer programmer and prolific palindromist. He was a finalist at the Will Shortz’ 2012 World Palindrome Championships in New York City.

Jon Agee is a popular writer and illustrator of children’s books and wordplay books, cartoonist for The New Yorker, and National Book Award nominee. He is the author of 4 palindrome books including “Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis!” and “Go Hang A Salami, I’m a Lasagna Hog.” He placed third at the 2012 World Palindrome Championships in Brooklyn, New York.

John Connett is a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota. He placed second at the 2012 World Palindrome Championships in Brooklyn, New York, edged 169-165 by winner Mark Saltveit.

Lori Wike One of the breakout stars of the 2012 SymmyS Awards, Lori Wike can most often be found playing principal bassoon with the Utah Symphony, and teaching at the University of Utah and Westminster College, and walking Sunny, the world's most amazing greyhound. She spends her non-palindromic spare time time making hula hoops, balloon animals and martinis, as well as attempting all the outdoorsy things that people who live in Utah tend to do.

Peter Sabra aka "Twoply", works for the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA. he was bitten by the palindrome "bug" at a tender age, when he found out that "Lepers repel." Having learned his lesson, he now maintains a vigil for the next "bug," lest it be a spider.

Carl Lexicon -- known among mortals as Carl Guy La Fortune -- is another regular contributor to The Palindromist Magazine's New Palindromes forum.

The palindromist known as Anne Tenna remains mysterious.

Steven Fraser runs the blog "EvillyDineDragons.com" in the United Kingdom.