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Wasafiri New Writing Prize

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The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners have been announced!

We are delighted to announce that the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015 has been awarded to:

Uschi Gatward for 'My Brother is Back' (Fiction)

Amaal Said for 'The Girl Grew' (Poetry)

Louise Kennedy for 'A Suitable Family' (Life Writing)

In addition, the following three entrants were given special commendations:

Akwaeke Emezi for 'Welcome'

Richard Georges for 'Bush Tea'

Sarala Estruch for 'Saturdays'.

Our congratulations go to all the prize winners, and indeed all those who were shortlisted. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who entered this year - we had a bumper crop, the standard has been incredibly high and it hasn't been an easy task to make this small selection.

The three winning entries will be published in our Spring 2016 issue and the shortlisted works will be available to read on the Wasafiri website throughout 2016.

Here is the full shortlist.


My Brother is Back by Uschi Gatward

Postscript from the Black Atlantic by Koye Oyedeji

Welcome by Akwaeke Emezi

After the End of England by Gillian Best

This is how it ends by Paul Howarth


A Suitable Family by Louise Kennedy

The Lotus Instructions by Jo Stones

Hospital Notes by Alice Curham

Dreaming in Latin by Jill Widner

Saturdays by Sarala Estruch

Red Glow in the Night by Ann Field


Bush Tea by Richard Georges

Israeli Summer by Janine Rich

The Girl Grew by Amaal Said

I keep trying to lose my body by Amaal Said

Under the Tamarind by Royston Emmanuel




Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) - Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University

Toby Litt - Writer and academic in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London

Yasmin Alibhai Brown - Ugandan-born British journalist and author

Roger Robinson - Trinidadian writer and musician based in the UK. Chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon.

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