Footnote Press launches £15k prize for refugee and migrant writers
Independent publishers Footnote Press have unveiled an exciting opportunity for writers hailing from refugee and migrant backgrounds in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
The newly established writing prize boasts a generous award of £15,000, which includes a substantial £5,000 advance and an exclusive publication agreement with Footnote Press.
The focus of this prestigious award is narrative non-fiction, with themes revolving around displacement, identity, and resistance taking centre stage. Aspiring authors who meet the residency criteria are invited to submit their works for consideration, with a submission deadline set for the 1st of October.
The distinguished panel of judges for this unique competition has been revealed this week. It features acclaimed British/Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, University College London’s Professor of Public Understanding of Law, Phillipe Sands, and the accomplished author and playwright Dina Nayeri, known for her forthcoming children’s book about life in a refugee camp.
Footnote Press, a publishing venture launched in partnership with Bonnier Books just a year ago, is committed to amplifying the voices of marginalised communities. They emphasise that they are open to diverse interpretations of displacement, identity, and resistance, viewing migration as a fundamental aspect of the human experience throughout history.
In addition to the substantial prize, Footnote Press will collaborate with London’s literature development agency, Spread the Word, to offer an e-workshop on building a writing career. The publisher also pledges one-on-one meetings to provide continuous support to the winning authors.