Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour
Welcome to the home of the Jhalak Prize.
First awarded in March 2017, the Jhalak Prize, seeks to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers.
The prize is unique in that it accepts entries published in the UK by writers of colour. These include (and not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, poetry, children’s books, YA, teen and all other genres. The prize is also open to self-published writers.
Started by authors Sunny Singh, Nikesh Shukla and Media Diversified, with support from The Authors’ Club and funds donated by an anonymous benefactor, the prize of £1000 exists to support and celebrate writers of colour in Britain.
In Hindi and many related Northern Indian dialects, Jhalak means ‘glimpse’; implicitly brief, often tantalising with promise, piquing curiosity to explore further. It seems an appropriate name for what I believe is the first prize for Book Of The Year By A Writer of Colour.
The Jhalak Prize will recognise the vastness of talent, ambition and creative vigour that is often overlooked by an industry that has yet to decolonize its gaze and acknowledge that we do not live in world of lactified centres and rainbow peripheries.
- The benefactor providing the prize money, who wishes to remain anonymous
The prize is open for submissions between September to December for books published between 1st January and 31st December of that calendar year. The books must have been published in the UK in that year, and originally published in English. The author of the work must have been resident in the UK for a minimum of the calendar year in which the book is eligible.
The prize is unique in that it accepts entries published in the UK in 2019 by a writer of colour. This includes (and is not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short story, graphic novel, poetry, children’s books, YA, teen and all genres. The prize is also be open to self-published writers. The aim is the identify and celebrate the finest works by writers of colour in the country.
If you have any enquiries about the prize, please contact the Prize at firstname.lastname@example.org