We are thrilled to announce that Robert Shearman is to be our judge for our N22 Open Studios Flash Fiction Competition! He will judge all entries anonymously, in three categories: under 11s, 11 to 17s, and over 18s. Entrants need to write complete short stories in 200 words or under, inspired by a piece of art they see in this year’s N22 Open Studios, 14th,15th, 16th November (free entry). It’s free to enter the competition! The closing date for entries is 20th December. Winners will be published on our website on 31st January 2015.
Robert Shearman has written four short story collections, and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize and three British Fantasy Awards. His background is in the theatre, resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the Sophie Winter Memorial Trust Award, and the Guinness Award in association with the Royal National Theatre. He regularly writes plays and short stories for BBC Radio, and he has won two Sony Awards for his interactive radio series, ‘The Chain Gang’. But he’s probably best known for reintroducing the Daleks to the BAFTA winning first season of the revived Doctor Who, in an episode that was a finalist for the Hugo Award.