2011 judges

Short Story Judge: AL Kennedy

AL KennedyA.L. Kennedy is one of the most distinguished and acclaimed writers of her generation. She is the author of five collections of stories, most recently What Becomes, and four novels, including Paradise and Day, winner of the 2008 Costa Book Prize. She is the winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Lannan Award and was chosen as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993 and again in 2003. Her work of non-fiction, On Bullfighting, is already regarded as a modern classic. She has also embarked on a successful career in stand-up comedy.


Poetry Judge: Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann DuffyCarol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow. She grew up in Stafford and then attended the University of Liverpool where she studied Philosophy. She has written for children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, as well as the Lannan Award and the E M Forster Prize in America. In 2009 Carol Ann Duffy became Poet Laureate.

“Being Highly Commended in the 2017 Bridport short story prize has been one of my proudest achievements. Bridport is such a prestigious competition that I certainly wasn't expecting the good news when I opened that email! The prize-giving was an extremely professional event, and the chance to meet and mingle with the judges and other authors was invaluable. I would thoroughly recommend it; the competition is certainly very strong, but a good story couldn't find a better home than the Bridport anthology”.

C.G. Menon (UK) Highly Commended, short story competition 2017

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