The winners and shortlisted entries

There are four winners this year, two of the poems being too close to call. Our congratulations go to:

Fiction: The Bearer by Simon van der Velde (UK) 

Life Writing:  Seeing Double by Aurvi Sharma (USA)

Poetry: Dot by dot of hurt by Pnina Shinebourne (UK) and First Generation Immigrant Child by Aria Aber (UK)

All four winning entries were published in the Spring 2015 issue of Wasafiri.

The Shortlist

Throughout 2015-2016 we will be publishing the shortlisted entries from the 2014 prize. A new entry will be added each month starting in May 2015 in the following order:

Greek Lessons by Jill Germanacos (Greece) Fiction

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

Ellery Creek by Anne Vines (Australia) Fiction

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

Supply and Demand by Glen Wilson (UK) Poetry

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

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

Dreamsplitter by Robin James Ganderton Life Writing

My Father’s War by Paola Trimarco (UK) Life Writing


Our judges this year were:

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 of White Woman on the Green Bicycleand Archipelago