The judging panel for the 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize has been announced.
Literary activists, Kadija George and Susheila Nasta, President of the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland of Soroptimist International, Margaret Oldroyd, and novelist and short story writer, Karen Onojaife, will begin the work of judging manuscripts in May.
Kadija George is a literary activist of Sierra Leonean descent. She read West African studies at Birmingham University, then went on to become a freelance journalist. She has worked for the Centreprise Literature Development Project as the Black Literature Development Co-ordinator, and set up the newspaper Calabash. She is the founder of SABLE LitMag, and Kadija has edited several important anthologies. Kadija is also co-director of Inscribe, a writer development programme housed by Peepal Tree Press, and fiction editor for Amalion Publishing in Senegal.
Susheila Nasta is the Founder and Editor of Wasafiri. A literary activist, writer and presenter, she is now Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University in Britain. Susheila has written several books on the Caribbean, the South Asian diaspora and black Britain. Her books include, Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain, Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk, India in Britain, and Asian Britain: A Photographic History. She is currently working on a group biography, entitled The Bloomsbury Indians. In 2011, she received an MBE for her services to black and Asian literatures.
The SI Leeds Literary Prize is a prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women resident in the UK aged 18 years and over.
Entrants have until Saturday, April 30th 2016, to apply.
The winning entry will receive £2,000, a free place at an Arvon creative writing course, free manuscript assessment of their work from The Literary Consultancy; invitation to New Writing North’s London summer salon event for publishers and agents; workshops and support; speaking engagements, including at Ilkley Literature Festival 2016 and serious consideration for publication by Peepal Tree Press.
To enter visit www.sileedsliteraryprize.com