Judith is an alumna of Faber Academy’s ‘Writing a Novel’ course.  

She is just completing her first novel; she also writes short stories and flash fiction. Three of her short stories have been published in the Retreat West, Bath Short Story Award 2017 and Nivalis 2017 Fabula Press anthologies.

 

 

Competitions

Judith has an MA in the 20th Century Novel from the University of Warwick.

 

 
 
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Judith has won 1st Prize in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2017 for her story

‘Welcome to Legoland’

I’m delighted to let you know that you’ve taken first-place in our 2017 competition.  I absolutely loved ‘Welcome to Legoland’.  Your story hit me in that spot in my chest that aches when a story evokes emotion so authentically.  For the 37 years of this competition I have trusted that instinct and it has yet to let me down.  Such a beautifully rendered work.
— Lorian Hemingway
 

 
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Judith has won 1st Prize in the Nivalis Short Story Contest 2017 for her story

 ‘Box 821'

Box 821 succeeds as an enchanting tale for it is beautifully realised, utterly compelling with a distinctive, and very accomplished, style and voice.
— Judge Clare Wallace, Darley Anderson Literary Agency
 

 

Judith has won 1st Prize in the 2016 Retreat West Short Story Prize for her story

'On Crosby Beach'

 
 
I’d like to award First Prize to the haunting story ‘On Crosby Beach’. I found myself coming back to this atmospheric piece time and time again, seeing something different in it each time I re-read. It is a story about loss on several levels, about loss of innocence, about living with guilt which will not leave, and about an attempt at resolution and atonement. Here, a woman has been haunted all her life by a death that happened on her watch when she was only a child herself. I enjoyed the voice, the wonderfully and chillingly evoked Crosby Beach, now the setting for an Anthony Gormley installation. I found a real poignancy in the actions of the main character as she quietly and without fuss returns a lost boy to the place where he died all those years ago, where he will no longer be alone thanks to the myriad Gormley statues. The story ends well, I think – it does not tie up all the ends – we are left not knowing if her attempt to find peace for herself, and for the lost child will succeed. The power is all in the attempt.
— Vanessa Gebbie
 
 

 

'On Crosby Beach' has been included in the anthology What Was Left edited by Amanda Saint and Jane Elmore

‘Hunger in the Air’ has been included in the Bath Short Story Award 2017 Anthology compiled by Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Anna Schlesinger

‘Box 821’ has been included in the Nivalis 2017 Fabula Press Anthology edited by Anirban Ray Choudray