Rebecca Burns is a writer of short stories and fiction. Her work has been published in over thirty online and print journals. She has won or been placed in many competitions including the Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition. Her debut collection of short stories, Catching the Barrmundi, was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Award. Her second collection, The Settling Earth (2014) was also longlisted for the Edge Hill. Her debut novel, The Bishop’s Girl, was published in 2016, and her third collection of short stories, Artefacts and Other Stories, appeared in 2017, both again published by Odyssey Books. Her second novel, Beyond the Bay was published in September 2018.
Rebecca Burns will act as our chair of judges.
Mark Newman has been shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award, highly commended in the New Writer Prose & Poetry Awards and Bristol Prize longlisted. His work has won competitions judged by Alison Moore, Tania Hershman and David Gaffney. He has been published in Firewords Quarterly, Fiction Desk and Paper Swans. He has eight stories in the Retreat West competition anthology Inside These Tangles, Beauty Lies and his debut short story collection My Fence is Electric & Other Stories will be published by Odyssey Books in February 2020.
Selma Carvalho is a British-Asian writer and author of three non-fiction works documenting the Goan presence in colonial East Africa. She headed the ‘Oral Histories of British-Goans Project’ archived at the British Library. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in various journals and anthologies, among them by Kingston University Press and Parthian Books. She has received a nod from over 35 literary competitions including Fish, Bath, London Short Story, and as winner of the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize. Her collection of short stories was longlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize. Her novella titled, Sisterhood of Swans is forthcoming by Speaking Tiger, India.