2023 Jhalak Prize Longlists

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Doubleday/Penguin UK) is on the 2023 Jhalak Prize longlist.

The award “seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers” and “accept entries published in the UK by writers of colour. These include (and not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, poetry and all other genres.”

The judges for 2023 are Haleh Agar, Anthony Vahni Capildeo, and Monisha Rajesh. The prize awards £1000 to each winner, along with “a unique work of art created by artists chosen for the annual Jhalak Art Residency”.

The Jhalak Children’s & YA Longlist features a number of titles and authors of genre interest, including Creeping Beauty: Fairy Tales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho and illustrator Freya Hartas (Walker), Needle by Patrice Lawrence (Barrington Stoke), Rebel Skies by Ann Sei Lin (Walker), Mia and the Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy and illustrator Ana Latese (Faber & Faber), Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola Okogwu (Simon & Schuster UK), and The Haunting of Tyrese Walker by JP Rose (Andersen).

The judges for the Children’s & YA category are Yaba Badoe, Maisie Chan, and Irfan Master.

The shortlists will be announced April 18, 2023, and winners on May 25. For more information, including the complete longlists, see the Jhalak Prize website.

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