Opens: Monday 15th June 2020
Closes: Friday 14th August 2020 (Midnight)
Judge: Yvvette Edwards, the author of ‘A Cupboard Full of Coats’ and ‘The Mother.’
Winners announced: Monday 19th October 2020
Anthology details: Due for release in winter of 2020/21 with the book launch celebration date TBA.
FREE ENTRY (Limited to one short story submission per entrant)
– 1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £125, 3rd Prize £75
– Submissions deemed Highly Recommended will be printed alongside the top prize winners in a new anthology and receive a cash prize of £30
– All those printed in the anthology are entitled to a year’s free membership at the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, regardless of locality.
Nottingham Writers’ Studio is proud to launch the first year of our new annual writing competition in memory of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in the US.
“The murder of George Floyd by a man who was meant to protect him is a tragedy. This competition is intended to commemorate his life and shine a spotlight on the BAME community and their stories.” – Alan Walker, NWS Chair
With this anthology, we seek to capture not only stories of social justice that capture the mood, tone, and energy of the vital Black Lives Matter movement, but the entire gamut of BAME life experience, from social justice to comedies by black authors to romances with a predominantly Asian cast.
This competition is open to all as we welcome the experiences of advocates and allies as well as voices from the black community. Above all, we want to ensure in publishing the anthology we amplify, centre, and celebrate the voices and writings of people of colour.
The winning and highly recommended stories will be published in a new anthology printed by Nottingham Writers’ Studio in partnership with Dizzy Ink entitled ‘Black Lives.’
This competition is fully funded by the Nottingham Writers’ Studio board and is free to enter. Any money raised from the sale of the resultant ‘Black Lives’ anthology will be donated to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
“BAME individuals make up 13% of the British population, but only 6% of published authors… At the studio we think this is not only a disservice to the BAME community, but also to ourselves. It is our hope that by running this event, we can do our own small part to help rectify this imbalance.”
– NWS Board. Read the full post and learn more about the competition’s background here.
Guidelines for Submission
14 August 2020 12:00 am