Writing Award Judges

Kimberley Atkins

Kimberley Atkins is Publisher - Women’s Fiction, responsible for commissioning commercial women’s fiction for Hodder & Stoughton in London. She has worked in publishing for the last ten years in both Sydney and London, where she has held roles in editorial and marketing.

In that time Kimberley

Anish Chandy

Anish Chandy is the founder of Labyrinth Literary Agency, it is a full service agency based out of New Delhi. Anish was a Senior Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House where he commissioned for non-fiction and commercial fiction. He transitioned to the business side of publishing when he

Karen Williams

Karen Williams is The Book Mentor at Librotas. She’s inspired hundreds of business authors to write a book that positions them as an expert and becomes a business building tool. She works with coaches, consultants and therapists who have a story to tell, wisdom to share or a legacy to leave behind

Yasmin Kane

A literary agent for 15 years, Yasmin set up her own publishing house, Three Hares Publishing in 2014. Yasmin strives to be at the cusp of change in a continuously evolving and fast-paced industry. Her agency, Kane Literary Agency, specializes in thought-provoking YA, children’s fiction and non

Karly Caserza

Karly Caserza is an Associate Agent with Fuse Literary Agency. Karly was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Northern California as a child. She obtained her Business Marketing degree and has been a Freelance Graphic Designer for over 10 years.

In addition to designing a wide range of print

Kate Barker

Kate Barker has worked in book publishing for over 20 years as a literary agent, editor and ghostwriter. She set up her own agency in 2016 and represents a wide range of novelists and writers of non-fiction. She was previously an Editorial Director for Viking, and has also worked for Curtis Brown

Susan Mears

 Susan Mears from Susan Mears Literary & Film Agency will be judging our 2020 Writing Award. Susan studied English and French Literature at Southampton University and the Sorbonne University, Paris and graduated with honours.

She went into publishing as a Trainee Editor for Random House

Tony Drury

Tony is the founder of City Fiction.
He spent over twenty years in the City of London as a corporate financier building St Helen’s Capital into a successful PLUS Markets advisory firm. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, which recognised his articles on leasing and instalment

Jacq Burns

Jacq Burns was commissioning editor at Random House & Editorial Director at Harper Collins where she edited classics such as Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus, Who Moved My Cheese, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Toddler Taming - which have sold millions of copies.

She is the author of Write a

Jonathan Telfer

Jonathan Telfer is editor of Writing Magazine and oversees Writers Online. He welcomes feedback on the magazines and website, letters, and article ideas. He also edits the tablet/smartphone Writer’s App.

He relishes nurturing and encouraging new talent and is in regular contact with writers of all

Ann Brady Writing Mentorship Prize

Ann Brady has been working in various sectors of publishing for since the 80s and is judging the Page Turner Writing Award and is also offering a fabulous mentoring prize worth more than £2500 for one lucky winner.

Starting in the Eighties Ann Brady began writing non-fiction, creating one of the

Lisa Lepki

Lisa Lepki is a serious word nerd, ProWritingAid's Head of Marketing, and the Editor of the ProWritingAid Blog. With over 15 years’ experience in writing, marketing, PR, and producing, she secretly loves the technical elements of writing even more than the writing itself.

Lisa is the co-author of

Louise Buckley

Louise Buckley is an Associate Agent at Zeno Agency. Prior to this she was an editor and has worked in publishing for over a decade. She is actively building her list of commercial and literary fiction authors.

She reads across most genres but particularly enjoys reading historical fiction, crime