This year’s judges are literary agent Elise Dillsworth, writer Richard T Kelly, poet Clare Pollard and YA writer Juno Dawson. Juno Dawson will also be judging this year’s Cuckoo Young Writers Award. The journalist Peter Wilby will be judging the Clare Swift Short Story Award. The Andrea Badenoch Fiction Award will be judged by the friends and family of Andrea Badenoch, including the writers Debbie Taylor and Margaret Wilkinson. This year’s fiction judges will also be judging the Northumbria University Student and Alumni Award.
The judges for the Northern Writers’ Awards change each year to ensure a mix of taste and opinions is reflected across the awards.