Maltese author wins Climate Change fiction prize
David Hudson from Birkirkara, a recent graduate from Bath Spa University's Creative Writing MA, has published a few short stories in the United Kingdom last year, most notably in the Granta-Award-winning magazine for best short fiction in the UK, Scribble.
Later in the year he was longlisted for an international prize, the Bath Flash Fiction Award. His story, A Real Boy, has been published in an Ad Hoc Fiction book titled The Lobsters Run Free.
This August, the 'Everything Change' Climate Fiction competition, an Arizona State University initiative, has revealed its ten winners with a list of authors from Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and little Malta, with David's story Luna putting the island on the cultural map.
The competition takes its name from a quote by Margaret Atwood and has been judged by climate experts, scientists and writers and ultimately by award-winning scifi writer Kim Stanley Robinson.
For a young Maltese author to make it this far against hundreds of submissions from 66 different countries is an extraordinary literary achievement.