The 2018 Jhalak Prize Shortlist
This is an exciting prize, a prize that when you first see the longlist and now the shortlist you say YES, this is dynamic literature, this is what's happening today, this is what I want to read about!
In its second year, the Jhalak Prize was founded by authors Sunny Singh and Nikesh Shukla and Media Diversified, and celebrates the best books by British writers of color. The entry categories for the £1,000 prize are vast, and include fiction, non-fiction, short story, graphic novel, poetry, children’s books, YA, teen and all genres, published (or self-published) by a writer of color in the UK.
The prize brings attention to works which are often less published, less marketed and less reviewed, as a 2016 study by writer development agency, Spread the Word revealed: "UK publishing is overwhelmingly White and middle
class and that affects Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
novelists’ chance of publication."
The inaugural 2017 prize was won by the Anglo-Caribbean author Jacob Ross for his crime novel The Bone Readers.
The winner of the 2017 prize will be announced on 15th of March, 2018