SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished women writers of Black or Asian descent resident in the UK is now accepting entries for the 2016 award.
The winner will receive £2,000, a free place at an Arvon creative writing course, free manuscript assessment of their work from The Literary Consultancy and an invitation to New Writing North’s London summer salon event for publishers and agents.
Prize Advocate Irenosen Okojie said: “The prize is unique because not only is it the only such award for BAME emerging women writers but there are development opportunities attached to it. It recognises that you need to keep honing your craft as an author and gives you access to potential enablers and gatekeepers within the industry. Most prizes just give you money and send you on your way. The prize’s link to Soroptimist International means that it’s part of a legacy of creating opportunities and platforms for women.”
Jane Steele, whose novel “Storybank: The Milkfarm Diaries”, won third place in 2012 believes it was a watershed moment in her career. “The Prize boosted my confidence no end,” she said. “It was such vindication of all those years spent scribbling away wondering who would be interested.”
Ms Steele, who has been fully professional since 2012, is “certain that the Prize fed into that somehow.”
“My feeling is that the Prize will grow in influence as the years progress. I have great pride in knowing that, whatever happens, I was a winner of the very first one,” she added.
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