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My Writing Process by Wenyan Lu

I write novels. Occasionally I write short stories and poems when I have some ideas which aren’t big enough to base a novel on. They might grow over time, but I would see them…

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How I Write by Aisha Phoenix

 

I write speculative fiction – literary fantasy, dystopian stories, science fiction and fables. Much of my work centres characters of colour and explores issues…

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Congratulations to our winners!

We are delighted to announce that the Aspire-igen 1st Prize winner of the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize is Wenyan Lu for The Funeral Cryer.  Congratulations!

Collecting…

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Please join us for the 2020 award ceremony!

One of the few silver linings of this year’s pandemic is the fact that we are able to welcome a bigger audience to join us for the 2020 Prize award ceremony – we…

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2020 shortlisted writer LM Dillsworth signs to Windmill for debut novel

We are delighted to congratulate Lianne Dillsworth on the news that her debut novel, Age of Monsters, will be published by Windmill.  The Bookseller said “Age…

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Mona Dash and Stella Oni

We are delighted that our 2018 shortlisted writer, Mona Dash, has secured publication of her shortlisted short story collection Let Us Look Elsewhere, with Dahlia Books

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2020 shortlist reading at Home by 10 festival

Don’t miss the chance to hear our shortlisted writers in conversation with 2014 winner and author of How to Find Home, Mahsuda Snaith, as well as hearing our writers…

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2016 shortlisted writer Stella Oni online book launch – tonight!

The wonderful Stella Oni, shortlisted for the 2016 Prize, will be launching her excellent debut crime thriller, Deadly Sacrifice on the 17th September, 6.30pm –…

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Meet the 2020 shortlist

We are delighted that the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writers will be featured at a number of events this autumn: the first is on Saturday 5 September, 7.30pm…

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2020 Shortlist announced

The judges have agreed the shortlist for the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize as follows:

  • A boy called Silence – Nana Afua A Pierre
  • Bat Monkey and Other Stories – Aisha Phoenix
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    2020 Longlist announced

    We are delighted to announce the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize longlist as follows:

  • A boy called Silence – Nana Afua A Pierre
  • Bat Monkey and Other Stories – Aisha
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    Mahsuda Snaith bursaries for low income writers – deadline extended

    With the entry date for the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize looming (30 April), we are delighted to say that the bursaries for low income writers to enter this year’s …

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    Alumni update

    Our 2012 winner, Minoli Salgado, has recently been long listed for the Republic of Consciousness prize for her collection of short stories, Broken Jaw.  Many congratulations!…

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    2020 judging panel announced

    We’re delighted to announce the judging panel for the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize as follows:

    Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in …

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    2020 Prize submissions open on 1 January

    We are delighted to welcome submissions for the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize from 1 January – 30 April 2020.  The link to our submissions site will be live from the…

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    2020 Prize launch with Yvonne-Battle Felton

    The audience for the 2020 Prize launch were treated to a wonderful interview between Yvonne Battle-Felton, whose Remembered was long listed for the 2019 Women’s…

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    2020 Prize launch and writers’ news

    Buoyed by the wonderful news of long-time Prize supporter and Patron Bernardine Evaristo‘s Booker Prize win, we are delighted to be launching the 2020 SI Leeds …

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    Minoli Salgado launches Broken Jaw

    2012 winner Minoli Salgado this week launches her new collection of short stories, Broken Jaw.  Its eighteen stories are set mainly in Sri Lanka from a writer who has …

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    2014 SI Leeds writers update

     

    2014 shortlisted writer Reshma Ruia has won the 2019 First Collection Masala Award for poetry, and her collection will be published by Skylark publications in…

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    Yvonne Singh on The Forgotten World – how Scotland erased Guyana from its past

    2018 shortlisted writer and 2nd Prize winner, Yvonne Singh, has published a moving and fascinating piece on the Commonwealth Writers site about Scotland’s …

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    2018 shortlisted writer Mona Dash publishes her memoir

    We’re delighted that 2018 shortlisted writer, Mona Dash, has her book A Roll of the Dice on pre-order now.  The memoir, published by Linen Press, tells the story…

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    Stella Ahmadou’s shortlisted entry to be published

    We are delighted to announce that Stella Ahmadou has signed a publishing contract with Jacaranda Books for her 2016 Prize shortlisted entry, Deadly Sacrifice.  Her…

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    Reflections on Rich Mix by Yvonne Singh

    2018 shortlisted writer and 2nd Prize winner, Yvonne Singh, reflects on the experience of the Rich Mix event for SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writers, hosted by…

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    2018 winners announced!

    We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Aspire-igen 1st Prize at the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize is Shereen Tadros for Say Goodbye To Her.  The judging panel…

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    Autumn Prize events

    Come and meet our shortlisted writers, in conversation with a range of brilliant writers, broadcasters and speakers:

    Rich Mix – Friday 14 September, 7pm –…

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    2018 shortlist announced

    We are delighted to announce the six shortlisted manuscripts for the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize are as follows:

    Baba ji on Boulton Road by Kavita Bhanot Let Us Look Elsewhere… Read more

    2018 Longlist announced

    After much deliberation, the judges are proud to announce the SI Leeds Literary Prize Longlist for 2018.

    The longlisted manuscripts are:

    BABA JI ON BOULTON ROAD –…

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    Wasafiri New Writing Prize – deadline 13 July 2018

    Don’t miss the deadline for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize – the deadline is 5pm on Friday 13 July 2018, and the judging panel is lead by Susheila Nasta, together…

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    On being shortlisted

    Our 2016 short-listed writers write about what entering the prize meant to them:

    Amita Murray, Marmite and Mango Chutney

    Winner SI Leeds Prize, 2016

    For anything good …

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    Five tips on creative writing

    Heather Marks is an online content coordinator for Words of Colour Productions, a creative communications agency which develops and platforms writers of colour in the…

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    Mahsuda Snaith’s Top 5 Writing Tips

    1. Your greatest teachers are other books

    The one thing I love about writing is you don’t have to pay lots of money to get better at it (although people try). Get a book from …

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    2018 Prize accepting entries from 1 January

    aita murray 2016 shortlisted writers

    We are delighted to launch the 2018 Prize, which has been given increased support for its fourth biennial edition from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts…

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    Winnie M Li wins publishing deal!

    winnie m li 2016 shortlisted writers

    We are happy to announce that Winnie M Li’s shortlisted 2016 entry, Dark Chapter, is due to be published on 1st June 2017, by Legend Times.

    As well as being shortlisted

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    2016 Prize short list

    We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016 for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women:

  • Dark Chapter – Winnie Li
  • Deadly
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    Come and meet the 2016 Prize shortlisted writers!

    We have three fantastic events featuring the 2016 Prize shortlisted writers – the first was at Rich Mix, London on Monday 19 September and was hosted by author …

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    2016 Prize long list

    We are delighted to announce the long list for the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women:

  • Coloured In – Yazmin Raven
  • Dark Chapter – Winnie
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    Want to Break into Publishing?

    Penguin-Random-House-UK-logoA renowned publishing house is putting on a series of workshops to encourage a more diverse workforce.

    The first of the workshops  will take place in Birmingham on July…

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    Extended Entry Details – Technical difficulties

    *TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES*

    We’re experiencing technical difficulties. Please submit entries via email to Hannah@peepaltreepress.com

    Apologies for any problems…

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    Entry Deadline Extended

    We know that writing deadlines can whoosh by and so we’ve extended the deadline for entries in case any of you missed out. You now have until midnight, Monday, May …

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    The Painstaking Task of the Translator by Carolyn Choa

    Carolyn Choa is a Patron of the SI Leeds Literary Prize and has acted as a translator on several Chinese films.  She was co-editor and translator of The Vintage Book of Contemporary…

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