The SEA is Ours features a combination of widely established authors, experienced authors who are not yet widely known outside a particular niche audience, and authors who are just beginning to be published. This is unsurprising; it's typical of anthology collections to use Big Name contributors to boost awareness of unrecognized talent.
- Marilag Angway has anthologized stories across several genres.
- Paolo Chikiamco is writer and editor of many comics and anthologies, as well as interactive fiction works.
- Timothy James M. Dimacali writes both science fiction and science journalism. His work is studied in Philippine schools.
- L.L. Hill's stories and poetry have been anthologized, and her entry for The SEA is Ours is an elaboration on a previous work.
- Alessa Hinlo is a newer writer; The SEA is Ours appears to be her second published short story.
- Olivia Ho may be newly published, or I may just be bad at Googling.
- Robert Liow is published in the Singapore Poetry Writing Month anthology and by the Singapore’s Creative Arts Programme, but I think The SEA is Ours is his first international distribution.
- Pear Nuallak is published in a couple magazines.
- Ivanna S. Mendels writes short stories and children's books.
- Kate Osias is an award-winning author, and co-editor of volumes of the Philippine Speculative Fiction.
- z.m. quỳnh writes short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, but The Sea is Ours is her first speculative fiction work.
- Nghi Vo is a professional author.
Obscurity and a small publishing portfolio don't equate to inexperience; many excellent and prolific authors never break out of their local region, and often an author's first work is a highly polished gem representing time and energy they'll never have the opportunity to again devote to a single work once they're immersed in the publishing grind.