Meet the Judges
Maura High was born in Wales. As a child, she moved often, as her father transferred from one overseas military posting to another. She taught in secondary schools in Nigeria before emigrating to the United States. She now lives and works, as an editor and translator, in North Carolina. A chapbook, The Garden of Persuasions, was published by Jacar Press, and other poems have appeared in online and print journals and anthologies. Her website is maurahigh.com.
El Rhodes is an archaeologist who lives in Cardiff and Wiltshire. She writes a range of prose and prose poetry, is widely published and anthologised, and has placed in more than forty competitions in the last year. Her polyphonic flash novella, Sextet was recently shortlisted for the Louise Walters Books ‘Page 100’ competition and is now on submission; her CNF manuscript, My Family & Other Folklore was long-listed in Canongate’s 2021 Nan Shepherd Prize and is also out on submission; she won last year’s Elliott & Thompson ‘Spirit of Summer’ Flash CNF prize; The Phare’s ‘Write Words’ Short Story competition; and the the Intrepid Times ‘Reunions’ Travel Writing Prize; and recent prose work has been nominated for the BIFFY50, the BOTN, and the Pushcart Prize.
David Gaffney lives in Manchester. He is the author of several books including Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-Life of Songs (2010), More Sawn-Off Tales (2013), All The Places I’ve Ever Lived (2017) and graphic novel The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head (2018). He has written articles for The Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine.
'One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others.' The Guardian.
His novel Out Of The Dark is out on Confingo in January 2022 and his graphic novel, Rivers, is out now on Top Shelf.
See www.davidgaffney.org for more