First year of Jhalak Prize paints a grim picture of diversity in publishing 

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Sunny Singh takes a look at the entries for the first year of our prize for writers of colour, finding the industry is missing more than one trick

The first year of the Jhalak Prize has gone off smoothly albeit not soundlessly. The prize administrators have also now had enough time to consider the number, range, and variety of submissions.

The Jhalak Prize has been deliberately founded to be as inclusive as possible. There no fees or expenses related to submission, shortlisting or winning the prize, and books may be submitted by publishers, agents and/or authors as long as they have been published in the UK during the calendar year and written by a UK-based writer of colour. These include (and are not be limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short story, graphic novel, poetry, children’s books, YA, teen and all genres. The prize is also open to self-published writers.


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