eBook Award Judges

Stephen Hodges

Stephen Hodges is a LA Based Film Scout, Creative Producer and Development Executive with experience that ranges from a lead role inside the world’s largest toy manufacturer to an entrepreneur running a production company creating diverse, original IP.

Some of his clients include Sony, Mercedes

Geraldine McCaughrean

We are delighted to welcome award-winning children's author Geraldine McCaughrean (pronounced Muh-cork-run) to our judging pane. Geraldine has written more than 170 books, published in 61 countries and her work has been translated into over 45 languages.

Geraldine will be judging the children's

Louise Keenan

Louise Keenan is a media lawyer at law firm CMS. Louise’s practice has a broad focus; she advises on commercial, regulatory and transactional matters for clients including production companies, performers, broadcasters and platforms. In particular, she has experience of drafting and negotiating

Abiola Bello

Abiola Bello is a children's and YA author from North London. Her children's fantasy book series Emily Knight is Carnegie nominated, winner of London's Big Read 2019 and shortlisted for the People's Book Prize. The series has received rave reviews for its diverse characters and strong, black female

Allison Maruska

Allison Maruska is a YA and mystery/suspense author, blogger, teacher, mom, wife, coffee and wine consumer, and owl enthusiast. Her blog includes humor posts, short stories, and posts on writing strategy, parenting, and teaching.

Allison's books include The Seventh Seed, The Fourth Descendant

Brendan Gill

Brendan Gill is one of the most unique and hard-hitting writers in Ireland today, his short stories have been shortlisted for the Michael McLaverty Award, The Seán O’Faolain Prize and The Fish Short Story Competition.

Brendan’s most recent novel ‘The Fall of El Pantera’ excited much interest at

Kelly Rinne

Kelly Rinne is a bit of a polymath. Her career has spanned live theatre as a designer, FM radio host in a major market, and website developer for Big Three automotive as a resident of the Midwest in the United States.

She made her start in the opera, where she gained a deep appreciation for the