Billy Kahora (Chair)
Billy is lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at Bristol University. His short stories have been published in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online, Internazionale, Vanity Fair and Kwani. He was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Literature in 2012 and 2014. He has been editor of the Kwani Journal and has run writing workshops for a decade. His debut short story collection, The Cape Cod Bicycle War was published in 2019.
Sharmaine founded, and is publisher at, Dialogue Books, part of the world’s second biggest publishing group, Hachette. Dialogue focus on publishing writers often under-represented and overlooked by mainstream publishers. Previously, Sharmaine ran an English language bookshop in Berlin for several years, and has also been a literary scout, and Literary Editor of Elle magazine. She was named The Bookseller magazine’s FutureBook Person of the Year in 2018.
Anneliese’s short story collection, Any Other Mouth, won the Green Carnation Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, Saltire Society’s First Book Award, and the Saboteur Awards, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her debut novel, So Happy It Hurts, was shortlisted for a DIVA Rising Star Award. Anneliese’s short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, and published in many magazines and anthologies. She, also, has a PhD in Creative Writing.
Tom has been a bookseller and bookshop manager for the last twelve years, and is currently the manager of Foyles in Bristol. He first started working in the cookery section of the Waterstones in Wimbledon Bridge, and will likely still attempt to tell you about the qualities of Lebanese cuisine if given the chance. Between 2008 and 2013, Tom co-edited Rattle: A Journal at the Convergence of Art and Writing. Short stories and novellas have always represented a significant portion of Tom’s reading habits, and in general he would prefer reading lots of little books to fewer big ones.
You can follow us on Twitter for news and updates, here twitter.com/BristolPrize
And on Facebook, here www.facebook.com/BristolShortStoryPrize/