Gollancz have announced the launch of The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award, in partnership with non-profit writing organisation National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) and with support from The Good Literary Agency.
Gollancz, the UK’s oldest science fiction and fantasy imprint, and Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Sunday Times bestselling Rivers of London series, are launching a new writing prize to champion underrepresented BAME voices in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Stark statistics show that less than 1% of science fiction and fantasy books published in 2018 were from British BAME writers. We believe that the industry should be doing much more to seek out and foster talent from underrepresented voices and hope this award will be a step in the right direction. Here we are giving British BAME writers the opportunity to submit a short sample of writing within the genres of science fiction, fantasy or horror with the opportunity of being selected as one of seven finalists who will receive monetary and/or mentoring prizes from us in order to support your future writing career.
The award prizes include a cash prize of £4,000 and support from Gollancz commissioning editor Rachel Winterbottom for the competition winner, as well as cash prizes for second place and five runners up.
The competion opens today, and will run until the end of January next year.
You can find our more details, read the submission guidelines and enter your work here.