The JKP Writing Prize 2022
We are pleased to announce that the JKP Writing Prize is back! This year, the prize will be open for submissions on the topic of
STORIES OF RESISTANCE
The UK has a long history of injustice directed at people from minoritised groups – whether it’s through everyday acts of aggression or institutional discrimination on a wider scale.
But over the years, generation to generation, people from minoritised communities have fought back, engaging in advocacy, activism, and acts of resistance to combat the discrimination they face and create positive change. We want to hear these stories of resistance:
Stories that give voice to untold British history
Stories handed down by grandparents and families
Stories of individual bravery and humanity
Stories of community activism
Stories which make us rethink British identity
Stories still being created today
Do you have a story to tell?
We understand the act of sharing stories of resistance is not always easy. We will thoroughly read and consider every entry in an atmosphere of humility, sensitivity, and empathy.
What we’re looking for
This competition is open to people from Black, Asian, Mixed heritage and ethnic minority groups.
Writers must be over 18 and a resident of the UK. Submissions must be non-fiction and of no more than 3,000 words. Submissions must be original pieces and must not have been published elsewhere before (including online and self-published). Unfortunately, we are not accepting fiction or poetry entries at this time.
What is the JKP Writing Prize?
The JKP Writing Prize was conceived in 2019. As a company that prides itself on amplifying marginalised voices, it offers the chance for new and un-agented writers to be considered by a panel of published authors and professional editors. The winning pieces will be published in an anthology, and winning writers will also receive a cash prize of £150.
In 2020, the first JKP Prize was open to transgender and non-binary writers with the theme of ‘trans every day.’ The winning pieces were published in Transitions, which has since been included in the Reading Agency’s World Book Night scheme.
How does it work?
The JKP Prize is partnering with Hachette’s Future Bookshelf scheme, which offers support to aspiring writers from under-represented backgrounds. Submissions will be received via Submittable, a portal on the Future Bookshelf website.
The JKP Writing Prize will be open for submissions from 12th September – 11th November 2022. Shortlisted submissions will be judged by a panel of published authors, JKP editors and an independent judge.
Who will be judging the JKP Writing Prize?
The Writing Prize submissions will be read and reviewed by a panel of judges: JKP commissioning editors Sarah Hamlin and Masooma Malik, JKP authors Onyinye Udokporo and Susan Cousins, and UK black history educator and cultural commentator Kayne Kawasaki.
Enter the JKP Writing Prize 2022
Submit your original piece through the Submittable portal below.
Submissions will close at 11:59 PM on 11th November 2022. If you have any issues or questions, please email email@example.com
You can find the full terms and conditions here.