First Novel Prize 2024 Judges

Ansa Khan Khattak and Kiya Evans co-judge the 2024 First Novel Prize.

Ansa Khan Khattak is Editorial Director at Sceptre, an imprint of Hachette UK and this year’s editor judge.

Having the chance to read work by talented new voices is one of the most exciting things about being an editor. Opportunities like the First Novel Prize are so important in providing writers with a way to gain exposure and recognition. I’m so looking forward to reading this year’s entries.

Kiya Evans is literary agent at Mushens Entertainment in London and this year’s agent judge.

Discovering exciting new voices and emerging literary talent is such an exciting task, and opportunities like this can be life-changing for unpublished authors. I can’t wait to read the entries for the First Novel Prize.

Angel Belsey is Publisher at Deixis Press, an independent literary publisher, and this year’s Prize Manager. You can contact Angel at