Our Judges for the 21 May 2017 Stroud Short Stories event were Ali Bacon and John Holland

We are currently CLOSED for submissions.

Please note that short story submissions are received by our administrator Christiane Nicholson who ensures that no personal information about the authors is passed on to our judges with the stories. The stories are therefore judged 'blind'.

Both judges read ALL submissions.

Ali Bacon's novel 'A Kettle of Fish' was published in 2012. Since then she has been won over by the short story form and in particular 'Live lit' events. She read at the October 2014 and April 2016 Stroud Short Stories events, as well as the special Cheltenham LitFest SSS event last year. Ali performed her one woman show 'In Sunshine and in Shadow' at the first St Andrews Photography Festival last year, and is now developing the programme of six short stories into a longer work.

Ali lives in Emersons Green in South Gloucestershire where she leads a U3A Creative Writing Workshop. She is a member of Bristol's Writers Unchained, for whom she helps organise the Story Sunday series of events. 

She enjoys reading stories in any genre or style and says she is thrilled to be co-judging Stroud Short Stories for the first time. 
Find out more at www.alibacon.com or on Twitter @AliBacon

Recent winner of the 2016 InkTears Short Story Contest £1,000 First Prize, this is John Holland's eighth Stroud Short Stories event as organiser and judge. A former librarian, library campaigner and topical gag writer (BBC Radio 4 Weekending, Radio 2, Sky and Punch), John has had more than 50 stories and pieces of flash fiction published online, in magazines and anthologies in the last 4 years. And has been lucky enough to have won or been placed (principally the latter!) in over 30 short story/flash fiction competitions in that time.

He has read at many events in Cheltenham (including Cheltenham LitFest), Bristol, Bath, Stroud and, of course, Hawkesbury Upton. He judged the 2016 Evesham Festival of Words short story competition. 

John lives in Stroud.

More info about John on his website www.johnhollandwrites.com or follow him on Twitter @JohnHol88897218