The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners and shortlist


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’.



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.