JUDGES

The Judges for the Sunday 7 November 2021 event  'WILD!' are Debbie Young and John Holland


Submissions for this event close at the end of Sunday 19 September - at 23.59 ie one minute to midnight

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

Originally a writer of short stories, Debbie Young is now the author of nine gentle, funny mystery novels set in the Cotswolds. Her books have twice been short listed for the BookBrunch Selfies Award UK for best independently published adult fiction. 

She is also a Jericho Writers course tutor, contributor to Mslexia magazine, a frequent speaker at events for writers and readers and UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

Debbie lives in the South Gloucestershire village of Hawkesbury Upton and is the founder and director of its annual book festival.



This event will be John Holland's 17th as both SSS Organiser/Editor and judge.

 A former librarian, library campaigner and satirical gag writer for the BBC and Punch magazine, John started writing short fiction in 2012 and took over the running of SSS in 2014.

He has now had more than 100 stories and flash pieces published in anthologies, magazines and online.

John has been lucky enough to have won first prize in five short fiction contests, including InkTears Short Story Contest (2016), Dorset Fiction Prize (2018) and To Hull and Back (2018). He has been runner up, short listed, long listed, commended, etc in competitions over 50 times.

He has performed his stories at live lit events in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham (including at the LitFest), Stroud, Worcester and elsewhere.

John lives in Ebley in Stroud.

More information about John is on his website www.johnhollandwrites.com

You can follow him on Twitter @JohnHol88897218