With thanks, The McKitterick Prize Judges:

Selma Dabbagh

Selma Debbagh is a British Palestinian writer of fiction. Born in Scotland, she has lived in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, France, Egypt and the West Bank. Her work includes the novel, ‘Out of It,’ (Bloomsbury, 2011) which was awarded the Premio Opera Prize in Spoleto 2019. Her radio play ‘The Brick,’ BBC Radio 4 was nominated for the Imison Award and she and has won various short story awards. Her non-fiction has appeared in the Guardian, GQ and other publications. She is the editor of ‘We Wrote In Symbols; Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers,’ (Saqi, 2021). www.selmadabbagh.com


(c) Susan Baker-Smith 


Rebecca Foster

Rebecca Foster is a freelance proofreader and literary critic. From Maryland, USA, she has now lived in England for over 15 years. Her first degree was in English and Religion; she also has an MA in Victorian Literature from the University of Leeds. An associate editor for Bookmarks magazine, she reviews books for multiple print and online publications on both sides of the pond, including BookBrowse, Foreword Reviews, Shelf Awareness, the Times Literary Supplement and Wasafiri, as well as on her blog, Bookish Beck. She volunteers in her local library and is an avid follower of literary prizes


(c) Chris Foster

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott is a Texas-born author and screenwriter living in London and Los Angeles.  Her debut novel Swan Song was published by Penguin Random House/ Hutchinson in 2018.  She holds a BFA (Directing) from Carnegie Mellon University, studied screenwriting at USC and has been honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a finalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  A graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA, she was the recipient of the Bridport Prize for a first novel.  Swan Song was named a Book of the Year by The Times, was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Goldsboro Glass Bell Award and was the winner of the 2019 McKitterick Prize.

Anietie Isong

Anietie Isong’s novel, Radio Sunrise, won the 2018 McKitterick Prize. His collection of short stories, Someone Like Me, won the first Headlight Review Chapbook Prize for Prose Fiction in 2020. He received the Authors' Foundation grant for his new novel, News at Noon, which will be published in 2022 by Jacaranda Books. Isong has been featured at the Birmingham Literature Festival, Marlborough Literature Festival, Henley Literary Festival, among other literary festivals. He holds a PhD in New Media and Writing." 


Nick Rennison

Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller with a particular interest in modern history and crime fiction. He is the editor of six anthologies of short stories and has written books on a wide variety of subjects from Freud and psychoanalysis to the history of Bohemian London. His two novels, Carver’s Quest and Carver’s Truth, are both set in nineteenth-century London. He is a regular reviewer for the Sunday Times, for which he has written a monthly column on historical fiction for more than a decade. He has in the past been a judge for the Historical Writers’ Association Gold Crown for historical fiction and for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

(c) David Lawrence