Paul McDonald is our resident judge. He judged our first ever short story competition and edited the subsequent anthology entitled, The Tipping Point. He set the standard for what was to follow in the years after in which the quality only ever increased.
He taught modern literature at the University of Wolverhampton for twenty five years, heading its creative writing programme for over a decade. He is an award winning author of eighteen books, including three novels and three collections of poetry. His most recent book is Allen Ginsberg: Cosmopolitan Comic.
Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a British writer and academic. Her first novel 'The Black Country', published by Salt Publishing in 2015, was part of her MA Creative Writing at Manchester Writing School, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement. Her second novel, 'Gamble', (Salt Publishing, 2018) was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019. Her third novel, 'God's Country' was published by Salt Publishing in February 2023. She has had short stories published in various anthologies and online by Fictive Dream and The Incubator, and read by Brum Radio. Her short story, 'Chimera' has been selected for inclusion in the Best British Short Stories 2023 anthology, to be published by Salt Publishing in October 2023. She has a creative writing PhD in 'Psychogeographic Flow in Black Country Fiction' from Manchester Metropolitan University, is a creative writing mentor and teaches creative & professional writing at the University of Wolverhampton. She is working on her fourth novel now.