Meet the Judges

Joe Bedford

Joe Bedford is a writer from Doncaster, UK. His short stories have been published widely, including in Litro, Structo and the Mechanics’ Institute Review, and have won numerous prizes including the Leicester Writes Prize 2022. His debut novel A Bad Decade for Good
People will be published by Parthian Books in June 2023. Twitter: @joebedford_uk, Website:

Mona Dash

Mona Dash is an award-winning author of Let us Look Elsewhere, A Roll of the Dice, Untamed Heart and two poetry collections. Her work has been showcased on BBC Radio 4, included in Best British Short Stories 22, and published in more than thirty-five anthologies. She has been listed in various competitions such as SI Leeds Literary Award, Novel London, Leicester Writes, Asian Writer, Bath, Bristol and Fish Short Stories. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and she has also read her work in venues in London such as National Poetry Library, House of Commons, House of Lords, Rich Mix, Poetry Café, Lauderdale House to name some. She also works as a business sales leader in a global consulting company.

Mona’s website has links to her published work: 
You can also follow her on Instagram at @monadash_ and for new short poems based on her photographs @poetryshowstheday.