I feel very privileged at the moment to be included in the first second of judging the entries for this collection. We had 51 entries and we’re selecting the best twenty to go into an anthology. We were looking for strong character-driven stories that show acute observation of human life similar to that found in Delaney’s works. As I’ve been the person collecting the entries I did have a little peek at some of them as they came in. I’ve certainly seen some strong writing and some fantastic characterisation.
Our first round judges tell me they’re almost there – deadline is 22 October.
I’m looking forward to the next round when a colleague and I will reduce the long list to a short list of six from which the final winner will be selected.It’s all so exciting.