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2022 winner announced

We are delighted to announce that The Opportunity Centre 1st Prize winner of the 2022 SI Leeds Literary Prize is Suad Kamardeen for Never Enough.  Many congratulations…

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Prize seeks a freelance evaluator

The SI Leeds Literary Prize is looking to appoint an experienced freelance evaluator to support the Prize in its 10th anniversary year.  Commencing in November 2022,…

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Winnie M Li launches her new book, Complicit

Prize alumna and former Prize judge, Winnie M Li, is launching her second novel, Complicit.  Please do join her in Leeds on Thursday 13 October from 6.30pm for this event

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Meet our shortlisted writers!

We have an online event hosted by The Asian Writer to meet the 2022 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlist on Tuesday 11 October at 7.30pm.  Please do join us for this free…

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2022 shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce the six shortlisted books for the 2022 SI Leeds Literary Prize as follows:

  • Lying Perfectly Still – Laura Fish
  • Sometimes the sky is blue
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    Could you join our SI Readers’ Choice team?

    Would you like to help us choose the winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize SI Readers’ Choice?

    We’re looking for enthusiastic readers to join us in judging the 2022 prize,…

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    2022 Prize longlist announced

    We are delighted to announce the 2022 SI Leeds Literary Prize longlist, as follows:

  • Lying Perfectly Still by Laura Fish
  • Night School by Divya Ghelani
  • The Taste of a Planet
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    We need an Audience Development consultant – can you help?

    With the support of Arts Council England, we are delighted to be able to offer a new freelance role at the Prize for an Audience Development consultant, to help us spread …

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    2022 Prize open for entries from 18 April to 2 May

    We are delighted that the 2022 Prize – our 10th anniversary edition – will be open for entries from 18 April to 2 May.  Entrants can look forward to an expanded…

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    Why Do We Need to See Women of Colour in Literature?

    Why is it Important to Have Women of Colour Represented in Literature?

    by Reeya Hayat

    Reeya Hayat is studying for her GCSEs. She lives in Buckinghamshire, and is passionate… Read more

    Nana Afua Pierre On the Ghanaian Play, Anowa

    Anowa – A review

    “A wayfarer is a traveler. Therefore to call someone a wayfarer is a painless way of saying he does not belong. That he has no home, no family, no village,…

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    How I Write by LM Dillsworth

    My writing process

    I do most of my writing late at night. I usually start around 9pm or a little later and stop in the early hours. I begin with the outline of a particular scene…

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    Sumana Khan writes about her admiration for Huma Qureshi’s memoir.

    Sumana Khan writes about her admiration for Huma Qureshi’s memoir.

     

    I’m in awe of those who write memoirs – it takes such generosity and courage to write about…

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    Emily Midorikawa – new book out

    Emily Midorikawa, who won joint-third prize in the 2012 competition, and the author of A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf …

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    My Journey to Scooping the Reader’s Choice Award by Sumana Khan

    Do you remember Jan 2020? It was like fifty years ago. Back in that hoary past I had decided that 2020 was going to be my “stress-free” year. My doctoral viva would be done by…

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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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