The 2018 Awards was chosen by a panel of industry experts:
- Kerry Hudson’s first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA was published in 2012 by Chatto & Windus (Penguin Random House) and was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award while also being shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award, Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Award. Kerry’s second novel, THIRST, was published in 2014 by Chatto & Windus and won France’s most prestigious award for foreign fiction the Prix Femina Étranger. It was also shortlisted for the European Premio Strega in Italy. Her non-fiction book, LOWBORN, launches in May and takes her back to the towns of her childhood as she investigates her own past and what it means to be poor in Britain today. Kerry founded The WoMentoring Project and was commissioned by the Writers’ Centre Norwich to give a provocation on diversity as part of their ‘National Conversation’ series.
- Ali Lewis is the Marketing, Special Projects and Editorial Manager at The Poetry School, a national arts organisation providing inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. He manages the Poetry School’s ‘Primers’ and ‘New North Poets’ mentoring schemes, the Ginkgo Ecopoetry Prize, and partnerships with other leading arts organisations. Along with colleague Will Barrett, he runs the Poetry School’s Campus blog, which features poems and reviews by emerging writers. His own poetry has appeared in magazines including The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit and Magma.
- Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy for writers, providing editing services, mentoring and literary events. She is a Trustee of Poetry London, and sits on the advisory board for the award-winning publisher Penned in the Margins. Aki is a judge for the Bridport First Novel Award and sits on its steering committee. She is also a prize-winning writer of poetry and fiction, and co-founder of the Saboteur Award-shortlisted #LossLit digital literature project. In 2018 Aki was named as one of the FutureBook 40 (a list of the top 40 innovators in UK publishing), and nominated for an h100 Award for her #BookJobTransparency campaign and her work to improve representation and accessibility in the literature sector. She is also the founder of the Rebecca Swift Foundation, in memory of TLC’s founder and her boss and mentor. The Foundation now runs the Women Poets’ Prize, a free-to-enter award offering year-long support and cash prizes to women poets, supported by industry partners including RADA, Faber and Faber, Verve Festival, and CityLit. In 2019 Aki was shortlisted for the Kim Scott-Walwyn Prize. @TLCUK @AkiSchilz
- Catherine Cho is an agent at Curtis Brown Literary Agency. Originally from the U.S.; she studied English literature at New York University. She lived in Hong Kong for several years and received a J.D. from the University of Hong Kong. She worked as a literary assistant and Contracts Manager for Folio Literary Management in New York and then moved to London. Currently, Catherine is building her own list of fiction and non-fiction. She’s particularly looking to work with debut writers.
- Anthony Anaxagorou is a British Cypriot award-winning poet, fiction writer, essayist and publisher. He has written several volumes of poetry, a spoken-word EP and a collection of short stories. His new collection of poetry After the Formalities is forthcoming with Penned in the Margins in September 2019. He’s an honorary fellow at the University of Roehampton where he lectures in the humanities. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Poetry Review, Granta, The Rialto, Oxford Poetry, Wildness, The Feminist Review and elsewhere. It’s also been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio London, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts.