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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

Niki Chang

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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…

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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

Reshma Ruia


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

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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…

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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.  …

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Reflections on Rich Mix by Yvonne Singh

Yvonne Singh (photo by Linda Nylind)

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

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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…

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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:

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2018 Longlist announced

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

The longlisted manuscripts are:


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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

Amita Murray

Winner SI Leeds Prize, 2016

For anything…

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Five tips on creative writing

Heather Marks

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

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Mahsuda Snaith’s Top 5 Writing Tips

Mahsuda Snaith

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).…

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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


Malika Booker

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
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    Come and meet the 2016 Prize shortlisted writers!


    2016 shortlist at Rich Mix, September 2016

    We have three fantastic events featuring the 2016 Prize shortlisted writers – the first was at Rich Mix, London on Monday…

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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 –
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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


    We’re experiencing technical difficulties. Please submit entries via email to

    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…

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    A Writer’s Life by Aliya Ali-Afzal

    Sometimes, I feel like Spiderman. To anyone passing me in the street, I am an ordinary woman, living an ordinary life: dropping the children off at school, grabbing a …

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    How To Write Your First Novel

    Karen Onojaife reading an extract of Borrowed Light (photo: Max Farrar)

    One of the judges on this year’s panel, Karen Onojaife won the SI Leeds Prize ‘Readers

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    2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize runner-up published

    Publication with Aurum Press

    Aurum Press is to publish A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa, 2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize runner-up,  and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors…

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    Fully funded creative writing MA scholarship at Birkbeck: applications close 15 February

    Writer Kit de Waal has launched a fully funded scholarship for the Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck, University of London.  Recipient of the 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize…

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    Prize open for entries

    The SI Leeds Literary Prize is now accepting entries for the 2016 award: the winning entry will receive £2,000, a free place at an Arvon creative writing course, free manuscript…

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    SI Prize writers in the news

    Minoli Salgado, A Little Dust on the Eyes

    Minoli Salgado

    Minoli Salgado’s 2012 Prize-winning novel A Little Dust on the Eyes has been shortlisted for the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian literature

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    2014 Prize winners

    Mahsuda Snaith

    Mahsuda Snaith reading at the award event

    The 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize was won by Mahsuda Snaith for The Constellation of Ravine Roy, with second prize going …

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    2014 Long list

    The judges of the 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize have announced the long list of 12 entries for this year’s Prize, as follows:

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    Our Facebook page and Twitter feed are regularly updated with Prize news, or contact our Project Manager, Fiona Goh, for more information about the Prize: info (at) sileedsliteraryprize…

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    London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre – Wednesday 8 October 2014, 7pm – 9.30pm

    A Little Dust on the Eyes by Minoli Salgado won the inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize and Prize Patron, acclaimed author and literary critic Bernardine Evaristo introduces

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    Rich Mix – Monday 22 September 2014, 7.30pm

    The six shortlisted writers for the 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize featured at Rich Mix on Monday 22 September, 7.30pm in an event hosted by Prize Patron award winning…

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