Jhalak Prize- for published writers of colour

Awarded annually, this prize seeks out the best books by British/British resident BAME writers and awards one winner £1,000. The prize is unique in that it accepts entries published in the UK in 2017 by a writer of colour. Entries can be fiction, non-fiction, short story, graphic novel, poetry, children’s books, YA, teen and all genres. The prize is also open to self-published writers. The aim is the find the best writers of colour in the country.

Started by authors Sunny Singh and Nikesh Shukla and Media Diversified, with support from The Authors’ Club and a prize donated by an anonymous benefactor, the prize exists to celebrate the achievements of British writers of colour.

Following the prize’s inaugural year in 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission commented: “this award is the type of action which the Commission supports and recommends.”

 

Submissions

The prize will be open for submissions between 10th September 2018 and 15th December 2018 for books published between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018. The books must have been published in the UK in that year, and originally published in English. The author of the work must have been resident in the UK for a minimum of the calendar year in which the book is eligible.

The prize is unique in that it accepts entries published in the UK in 2018 by a writer of colour. This includes (and is limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short story, graphic novel, poetry, children’s books, YA, teen and all genres. The prize is also be open to self-published writers. The aim is the find the best writers of colour in the country.

 

Prize timeline
Submission window: 10th September 2018-15th December 2018
Longlist announcement: 28th February 2019
Shortlist announcement: 30th March 2019
Winner announcement: 1st May 2019

 

Jhalak Prize

Published on:
13 Nov 2018

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