The Judges for the sold-out 11 November event 'What makes a Monster & Other Stories'

This is Debbie Young's third time as Stroud Short Stories judge, something she's happy to squeeze into a busy schedule that includes writing her popular series of Cotswolds murder mystery novels, managing the author advice centre for the Alliance of Independent Authors and directing the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. She is a frequent speaker about writing and publishing at festivals and literary events such as the Dublin Writers' Festival, the Ness Book Festival, the Bledffa Writers' Day, the London Book Fair, the Cambridge Literature Festival and the Evesham Festival of Words.
Closer to her home, she is a regular panelist on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Book Club, a columnist for the Tetbury Advertiser and Chair of the Cheltenham Authors' Alliance.

Find out more about Debbie's writing life on her website or catch her on Twitter at @DebbieYoungBN.

This event will be John Holland's eleventh as both SSS organiser and co-judge.

Recent first prize winner of both the £500 2018 Dorset Fiction Award and the £1,000 To Hull and Back Short Story Competition, John took over the running of SSS from Bill Jones back in 2014. A former librarian, library campaigner and satirical gag writer for the BBC and Punch magazine, John started writing short fiction in 2012 and has had more than 80 stories and flash pieces published in anthologies, magazines and online.                                                                                    
John has been lucky to have won five short fiction contests. He has been runner up, short listed, long listed, commended, etc in competitions more than 40 times.

He's read at events in London, Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham (including at the LitFest), Stroud, Worcester and, of course, Hawkesbury Upton.

John lives in Ebley in Stroud.

More information about John is on his website www.johnhollandwrites.com  or on Twitter @JohnHol88897218

All stories submitted are judged 'blind'. Submissions are received by our administrator Christiane, who ensures that no personal information about the authors is passed on to our judges with the stories. 

Both judges read all stories submitted.