22 December 2020
Avon has teamed up with the Mushens Entertainment agency to find a new commercial fiction writer of colour
The winning writer will receive a two-book contract with a £10,000 advance with the Harper Collins division, a £3,000 grant to support their writing and representation by Mushens Entertainment.
The competition is for unpublished, unagented commercial fiction writers from a BAME background. Writers may be in any commercial genre, including crime, thriller, women’s fiction or historical.
‘I am so thrilled to be working with Avon and Imran on this and I hope to find some really talented authors,’ said Silé Edwards at Mushens Entertainment. ‘There are so many brilliant writers of colour who have been under represented in the commercial fiction space and I hope that this competition will help more mainstream publishers find them and publish their work.’
‘The publishing industry has a lot of work to do to redress the under-representation of writers of colour, especially in commercial fiction, and this is just one of the steps Avon are taking,’ said Tilda McDonald, project leader at Avon.
Submissions will open on 11 January and be open until 28 February. Longlisted writers will be invited to an online seminar and the shortlisted writers will be asked to submit a full manuscript.
To enter, send the first three chapters or 50 pages (no more than 10,000 words) of an original, unpublished commercial fiction manuscript, a synopsis and an author biography.
For full details see the website.