Judges announced for PFD Queer Prize 2024

Jan 19, 2024

We are so excited to announce this year’s guest judges for the PFD Queer Fiction Prize 2024!

Our guest judge for the Adult category is Hanna Bervoets, author of the critically acclaimed novel We Had To Remove This Post, which has been translated into fourteen languages and was published in the UK by Picador.

Hanna Bervoets is one of the most acclaimed Dutch writers of her generation. She is the author of several novels in her home country of the Netherlands, and she has also written screenplays, plays, short stories, and essays. She is the recipient of many literary awards, including the prestigious Frans Kellendonk Prize for her entire body of work. She was a resident at Art Omi: Writers at Ledig House, New York. Her much-acclaimed novel We Had to Remove This Post has been translated into fourteen languages and was published in the UK by Picador. Her latest novel Teach Me Everything You Know has been published in the Netherlands in November 2023 by Uitgeverij Pluim. Hanna Bervoets lives in Amsterdam with her girlfriend and two guinea pigs.

Our guest judge for the Children’s/YA category is Samuel J. Halpin, whose novel The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods has been translated  into multiple languages and published around the world. His new novel, The Midnight Switch, was published last October.

Tasmanian born with Irish roots, Samuel J. Halpin’s first novel The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods was released by Usborne in 2019 and went on to be published in French, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Dutch and Polish. His second novel The Midnight Switch was published in October 2023, also with Usborne. Samuel’s writing is an answer to a childhood raised on dark tales of the Tasmanian wilds, overcrowded bookshelves and being number five of seven children. He lives with his husband, Wojtek, in New South Wales. Samuel loves most particularly to read middle-grade and young-adult content with an emphasis on horror, mystery and queer characters in unexplored settings.