2014 short story award – Judges
Emma Darwin grew up in London, with interludes in Manhattan and Brussels. Her debut novel The Mathematics of Love was published in 2006 and The Times called it, “that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level”. It was shortlisted for many awards including the Commonwealth Writers Best First Book, and has been widely translated. Her bestselling second novel, A Secret Alchemy, was described by the Daily Mail as “powerful and utterly convincing”. Emma is an associate lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, in which she explored the writing and reading of historical fiction. Her third novel is in the works.
Shana Drehs is Editorial Manager for the Landmark (fiction) imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. She started her career at Crown/Random House, where she acquired/edited four New York Times bestsellers. At Sourcebooks, as a publisher of historical novelists as diverse as Elizabeth Chadwick, Georgette Heyer, Helen Hollick, Sarah Bower, and Amanda Grange, Shana is acquiring a broad range of historical fiction in addition to non-fiction. She’s looking for authors who are passionate about their career arcs and about writing and promoting their work, a hook that sells the book in 2-3 sentences and differentiates it from the competition, an intriguing time period the reader can escape to, a hero or heroine the reader can identify with, and a story that illuminates the past in a new and entertaining way.
Ian Skillicorn is a publisher and audio producer. He has produced audio short stories and writing podcasts for many years. Ian recently launched The Story Player (www.thestoryplayer.com), which streams original recordings of short stories online and via mobile devices. His ebook imprint, Corazon Books, has published a Top Ten Amazon bestseller, and bestsellers in the women’s fiction and short story charts. The next title will be the first ebook edition of a romantic suspense novel by Catherine Gaskin. In 2010, Ian founded National Short Story Week, which is celebrated by libraries and schools nationwide, as well as by publishers, reading and writing organisations, and countless individual writers, readers and listeners around the UK.
National Short Story Week
The Story Player