HWA Debut Crown

Winner

HWA Debut Crown

Judges

Emma Darwin

Emma Darwin

Chair

Emma Darwin’s debut The Mathematics of Love (Headline Review) is possibly the only novel nominated for both the Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book, and RNA Novel of the Year awards. Her second, A Secret Alchemy (Headline Review), was a Sunday Times Bestseller. Her new book, Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction (Teach Yourself/John Murray Learning), was published in 2016. She has a PhD in Creative Writing (Goldsmiths) has taught creative writing in many places including the Open University, and blogs at This Itch of Writing.

Sunny Singh

Sunny Singh

Judge

Sunny Singh is a London based writer. She has published three novels, a non-fiction book on lives of single women in India, numerous short stories and essays.

Her new novel, Hotel Arcadia, is published by Quartet Books and available from bookshops and e-retailers across UK.

Ayo Onatade

Ayo Onatade

Judge

Ayo Onatade is a commentator on crime fiction. She writes articles and gives papers on all aspects of the crime and mystery genre.  She blogs at Shotsmag Confidential, writes articles for Shotsmag and Crimespree Magazine. She is the Chair for the CWA Short Story Dagger and a judge the Nagio Marsh Award (New Zealand crime writers award). She is co-editor of the anthology Bodies in the Bookshop and also a visiting lecturer at Kingston University on their MA in Publishing course.

Ben Fergusson

Ben Fergusson

Judge

Ben Fergusson is an award-winning novelist. He was born in Southampton in 1980 and grew up near Didcot in Oxfordshire. He studied English Literature at Warwick University and Modern Languages at Bristol University. Since leaving university he has worked as an editor, translator and publisher in London and Berlin and currently teaches at the University of Potsdam. His debut novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier, was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2015. It won the 2015 Betty Trask Prize for an outstanding debut novel by a writer under 35 and the HWA Debut Crown 2015 for the best historical fiction debut of the year. His second novel, The Other Hoffmann Sister, will be published by Little, Brown in 2017.

Susan Heads

Susan Heads

Susan Heads is the creator of TheBookTrail (thebooktrail.com) -The Literary Travel Agency which allows you to book a holiday via fiction. Reading your way around the world, seeing locations through the eyes of authors and their characters is a unique way to travel. Each book comes with a travel guide and interactive map to allow you to see where characters live and where mysteries unravel..
When she’s not reading, Susan is a translator, having been inspired by Passepartout from Around the World in 80 Days to learn languages and to start the BookTrail.