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Wasafiri New Writing Prize

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The 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize shortlist announced

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to the prize this year, the quality of work entered has been outstanding and deciding on a shortlist of just fifteen has not been easy, but here they are:


'The Bearer' by Simon van der Velde (UK)

'Ellery Creek' by Anne Vines (Australia)

'The Kitchen Duppy' by Beth Thompson and Ovarn Brown (Jamaica)

'Greek Lessons' by Jill Germanacos (Greece)

'Infinite Landscapes' by Roisin O'Donnell (Republic of Ireland)

Life Writing

'My Father's War' by Paola Trimarco (UK)

'Letter to Virginia Woolf' by Michelle Cahill (Australia)

'Seeing Double' by Aurvi Sharma (USA)

'Walking in Lapeyrouse' by Ayanna Gillian Lloyd (Trinidad and Tobago)

'The Dreamsplitter' by Robin James Ganderton


'At the speed of light, squared' by Ann Kaiser (USA)

'How to make Pan Catalan' by Mark Fiddes (UK)

'Supply and Demand' by Glen Wilson (UK)

'Dot by dot of hurt' by Pnina Shinebourne (UK)

'First Generation Immigrant Child' by Aria Aber (UK)

The winners will be announced on 21 September 2014 at 'Wasafiri's Words on the Water', a literary boat trip on the River Thames, part of London's 2014 Thames Festival. For further information or to purchase tickets go to

Our judges this year are:

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

Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC

Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally

Monique Roffey Award-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago



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