Joffe Books launches prize for crime fiction writers of colour

Independent publisher Joffe Books has partnered with author Dorothy Koomson and literary agent Susan Yearwood to launch a writing prize for crime writers of colour. 

According to a statement on the publisher’s website, it is seeking to discover a new crime fiction writer to join its bestselling list. 

“We are launching a new writing prize for unagented crime fiction writers of colour to turn their fantastic manuscripts into bestsellers. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books,” said the statement.

The competition aims to champion authors from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds writing in one of our favourite crime fiction genres: electrifying psychological thrillers, cosy mysteries, gritty police procedurals, twisty chillers, unputdownable suspense mysteries, shocking domestic noirs . . .

Joffe Books said whether you are writing your crime fiction debut, previously published or self-published, if you are an unagented crime fiction writer of colour, we want to hear from you!

The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books.

“I think crime fiction in all its glory could really benefit from more stories by traditionally underrepresented writers out there. This competition is one way of doing that. I’m so excited to be a judge on this and can’t wait to read the submissions,” said Koomson.

For Yearwood, Joffe Books is one of the most innovative and inclusive-thinking digital publishers in publishing today and I am pleased to be asked to judge Joffe’s inaugural competition to find a great crime writer. “I have long been a fan of Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers in this genre and I look forward to meeting big talent in crime writing,” she said.

Emma Grundy Haigh, Joffe Books said: “We are very excited to launch this competition. If we are to create meaningful, long-lasting change within our industry, it is not enough to claim to have an open-door policy. It is our responsibility to actively seek out writers from communities that are underrepresented in our genre and support them in building sustainable careers. I can’t wait to discover the fantastic writers that enter this competition and get their work to the hands of readers.”

Entrants are invited to submit their full-length manuscript, written in English, along with a synopsis of the book and author biography, to 

The opening date for entries is 1 May 2021. The closing date for entries is 30 September 2021 23.59 p.m. GMT. No entries received after this date will be accepted.

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