With less than a month to go before the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize opens, we are delighted to announce our judging panel for the 2012 competition :
Ali Reynolds (chair) previously worked as an editor at Vintage, Random House, where she commissioned collections of short stories and novels from emerging writers. She moved to Bristol to establish her own literary consultancy in 2005. A passionate advocate for the creativity and talent in Bristol, Ali is involved with the Bristol Festival of Literature and runs masterclasses for creative writers. Ali has been involved with the Bristol Short Story Prize since 2010 and has been thrilled to see it evolve into the internationally recognised competition it is today. She lives with her husband and two children, who are bookworms like herself. www.alireynolds.co.uk.
Bidisha is a writer, critic, broadcaster and human rights activist who has been writing professionally since she was 14 and signed her first book deal at 16. She writes about the arts and social issues for The Guardian, The Observer, The FT, The F word and many other publications internationally. She has been the presenter of Night Waves (Radio 3), The Strand (World Service), Woman’s Hour and Saturday Review (both Radio 4) and numerous arts documentaries for the BBC. She judged the Orange Prize in 2009 and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 2010. Her reportage book Beyond the Wall: Writing A Path Through Palestine is out in March 2012.
Anna Britten is an author and Venue magazine journalist. Her short stories have been broadcast by BBC Radio 4, published in the Bridport Prize Anthology 2010, the Bloomsbury anthology ‘Is This What you Want?’ (via the Asham Award), Decongested Tales, and on US websites Eclectica and Prick Of The Spindle – and shortlisted for various other competitions including the Fish International. She has also published non-fiction and children’s fiction. She recently completed her debut adult novel and has started her second. Twitter: @msabritten
Christopher Wakling‘s six acclaimed novels include WHAT I DID (John Murray, 2011) and THE DEVIL’S MASK (Faber, 2011). He is the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Bristol University, leads creative writing courses for the Arvon Foundation, and writes travel journalism for The Independent. Before he turned to writing full time, Christopher worked as a city lawyer, and before that he read English at Oxford. He lives in Bristol with his wife and children.