Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is now closed. The winners were announced at our 35th birthday festival, ‘An Island Full of Voices: Writing Britain Now’, at the British Library on 9 November. Congratulations to –

Fiction: Alicia Mietus ‘Third Person Female’

Life Writing: Ruby D. Jones ‘Natural Causes’

Poetry: Desirée Seebaran ‘Picong’

 

If you are interested in submitting your work to Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary literature, please see our submissions page. The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020 will open on 15 January.

The prize was launched ten years ago to support new writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background. The winners of each category received a £1,000 cash prize and will be published by Wasafiri in print and online. They will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility).

This year our judges included Louise Doughty, who judged the fiction, Warsan Shire, who judged the poetry, and Nikesh Shukla, who judged the life writing category. Wasafiri Editor-in-Chief Susheila Nasta chaired the judging panel.

 

New partnership with Queen Mary University of London

Wasafiri  are excited to announce a new partnership with Queen Mary University of London. Queen Mary University of London is an established university in London’s vibrant East End. With staff and students from over 160 nationalities, they are one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world.

‘The QMUL Department of English is delighted to be a part of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize – Creative Writing is a strong and growing area of our teaching and research, and QMUL English and Wasafiri have a long shared history of working together in the promotion of new literatures from around the world. This prestigious Prize, which has helped to launch the careers of many exciting new writers, reflects our longstanding commitment to the promotion of new voices and new perspectives from across the range of contemporary literature.’ – Dr Rachael Gilmour, Head of English at Queen Mary University of London.

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is supported by Queen Mary University of London and Routledge.


The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now closed

Winners will be announced on 9 November 2019

'Before I was shortlisted I was convinced I was never going to write another poem again. Thank you so much for this, I never want to stop writing.' Amaal Said, winner of the 2015 Queen Mary Wasafiri Prize

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