Alison Moore was born in Manchester in 1971. Her stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies including The Best British Short Stories. She has been nominated for numerous prizes including the inaugural Manchester Fiction Prize, the Man Booker Prize 2012 for her first novel, The Lighthouse, and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2013 for her debut collection, The Pre-War House and Other Stories, whose title story won first prize in the novella category of The New Writer Prose and Poetry Prizes. She lives near Nottingham. Click here for website.
Nicholas Royle returns to chair the Manchester Fiction Prize for a third time. He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School at MMU and the author of seven novels, including The Director’s Cut, Antwerp and First Novel. He has published more than 100 short stories and one collection, Mortality. He has edited 16 anthologies and is series editor of the The Best British Short Stories. He also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories in chapbook format. Click here for website.
Robert Shearman was born in 1970 near London and is best known as a writer for Doctor Who, and for his ongoing association with Jarvis & Ayres Productions (Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres), which has resulted in six plays for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in the station's regular weekday Afternoon Play slot, and one classic serial. He has published three collections of short stories: Tiny Deaths, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical and Everyone's Just So So Special. Click here for website.