Judges

shawn-huelleShawn Huelle

Shawn Huelle holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver and an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Denver Quarterly, 3:AM Magazine, the Shirt Pocket Press, and elsewhere. His manuscript, She Kind of Looked at Him, a Witness Said, was a finalist in the 2014 International Three-Day Novel Writing Contest. Shawn currently works as a librarian and exchange advisor for the Carl-Schurz-Haus in Freiburg, Germany and also teaches creative writing at the University of Freiburg.


glaister-lesleyLesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister is a British novelist, poet and playwright. She has written 13 novels, Little Egypt being the most recent, one play and numerous short stories and radio plays. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of St Andrews, and is a regular contributor of book reviews to the Spectator and The Times. She is married to author and poet Andrew Greig. Her subject matter is often serious (murder, madness and obsession crop up regularly in her books) but with a thread of dark humour running through it. Her first novel Honour Thy Father (1990) won the Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award, Now You See Me was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for fiction in 2002, and Easy Peasy was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award 1998. Her first play, Bird Calls was performed at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, in 2003.Glaister is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is currently writer in residence at the University of Edinburgh.


cecilia-vinesseCecilia Vinesse

Cecilia Vinesse was born in France but grew up between Tokyo, Japan and Greenville, South Carolina. Her obsession with Nora Ephron movies led her to New York City to attend Barnard College and then to live in New York for three years afterward, working in children’s book marketing and living in an apartment furnished mostly by stacks of novels. Now she’s in a small Edwardian house in England where she splits her time holding late-night writing sessions, daydreaming in libraries, and having Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathons with her girlfriend Rachel and a pup named Malfi. She writes books about teenagers who wander around cities and fall in love and eat really delicious food. Her debut novel, SEVEN DAYS OF YOU, will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the U.S. and U.K. in March 2017. It will also be published in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Brazil.