The Jhalak Prize
By uczcwtu, on 31 January 2018
The second annual Jhalak Prize is upon us! The Jhalak Prize was founded in 2017, and celebrates the best books by British and British resident BAME writers, and awards one writer £1000. The first book to win the Jhalak Prize was Jacob Ross’ The Bone Readers.
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.
Excitingly, the 2018 longlist has recently been announced! It includes:
John Agard, Come All You Little Persons (Faber)
Nadeem Aslam, The Golden Legend (Faber)
Jeffrey Boakye, Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime (Influx Press)
Sita Brahmachari, Worry Angels (Barrington Stoke)
Kayo Chongonyi, Kumakanda (Chatto & Windus)
Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone (Penguin)
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I ‘m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury Circus)
Xialou Guo, Once Upon a Time in the East (Chatto & Windus)
Meena Kandasamy, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife (Atlantic Books)
Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Island at the End of Everything (Chicken House)
Leone Ross, Come Let Us Sing Anyway (Peepal Tree Press)
Preti Taneja, We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press)
This longlist was chosen by the all-female judging panel, which includes writer Sunny Singh, YA author Catherine Johnson, novelist Tanya Byrne, writer and performer Vera Chok and travel writer and journalist Noo Saro-Wiwa.
Judge Vera Chok spoke about the prize: “An incredible thing about the Jhalak Prize is that it’s open across genres. I’ve been especially delighted to discover writers of colour beyond literary fiction and memoir, making their mark in the fields of non-fiction, children’s writing, and experimental forms.”
The shortlist will be announced on the 20th of February, and the winner will be announced on the 15th March 2018.