Creative writing writing prize: The SI Leeds Literary Prize

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The biennial prize for new Black and Asian women writers is for unpublished fiction manuscripts

The SI Leeds Literary Prize was established in 2012 by Soroptimist International to showcase the work of aspiring Black and Asian women writers. Since its inception, winners and runners up who have achieved major publishing success include Kit de Waal, Mahsuda Snaith, Winnie M Li, Season Butler and Amita Murray.

The prize for the winner includes £3,000 and an Arvon course. There are prizes of £1,205 and £750 for the runners up. All three top-placed writers will be offered manuscript assessment by The Literary Consultancy, opportunities for industry networking, editorial consultancy by and consideration for publication with Peepal Tree Press. All shortlisted writers will be invited to read from their work at Ilkley Literature Festival.

Entrants must be UK-based Black and Asian women fiction writers, who are asked to submit complete manuscripts of original, unpublished novels or short story collections of no less than 30,000 words, and a brief synopsis.

There is a £10 fee for entry.

The closing date is 30 April.

 

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