Short Story Judge: AL Kennedy
A.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 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.