Our Judges for the 20 May 2018 Stroud Short Stories event were Ali Bacon and John Holland

Please note that 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.

Ali Bacon is judging SSS for the second time. She became a short story devotee after reading at SSS in 2015. She has since read twice at our event, including at the SSS 'Greatest Hits' event at Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2016.

The winner of the 2017 Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition, Ali has recently added several short listings and public readings to her CV. She also helps organise Writers Unchained events in Bristol. 
Ali's forthcoming historical novel 'In the Blink of an Eye', which weaves short stories into a narrative, will be published by Linen Press in April this year.

Ali lives in Emersons Green in South Gloucestershire.

Find out more about Ali at www.alibacon.com or on Twitter @AliBacon

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

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 60 stories and flash pieces published in anthologies, magazines and online.                                                                                    
John has been lucky to have won three short fiction contests and has been runner up, short listed, long listed, commended, etc over 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