#BAMEprize: The Guardian and 4th Estate present the BAME Short Story Prize competition

During our #TheDWord event at ThoughtWorks, we met Bengono Bessala from HarperCollins’ who shared with us this great opportunity available to BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) writers.

The Guardian and 4th Estate present the BAME Short Story Prize competition is an opportunity for marginalised groups to share their stories and have their voices heard. If you self-identify please apply and share!

The Guardian and 4th Estate presents the BAME Short Story Prize, a competition open to Black, Asian, minority ethnic writers living in the UK and Ireland who are 18 and above.

We want to read your story, whatever it may be.

The winner will receive £1,000 and a one day publishing workshop at 4th Estate, and their story will be published on the Guardian website.

After the winner is announced, the full shortlist will be published on 4thestate.co.uk.

We launched the competition last year, and crowned our first winner, Abiolo Oni, for her story ‘75’. Abiola said: ‘I was shocked to learn I’d won. I submitted ‘75’ just hours to the deadline and if you read “how to win a writing competition” articles, they tend to advise against this. But I was confident in what I had to say. I was confident that only I could say it. I was confident that I’d made my story the best it could ever be. Many amazing things have happened since I won the prize but it all started with the confidence that it could be me.

To enter, all you need to do is fill in the form CLICK HERE, and upload your short story of up to 6,000 words in PDF format by Sunday 2nd April. Entrants must place the title of the story and author name at the beginning of the short story. The longlist will be announced on Monday 8th May, the shortlist on Monday 5th June, and the winner on Thursday 13th July at a prize ceremony in London. Please make sure to read all the Terms and Conditions.


Judges: (from L-R) Emma Paterson – Literary Agent at RCW, Sharmaine Lovegrove – Literary Editor, Elle UK & Co-founder of Dialogue Scouting, Niven Govinden – Author, Anna Kelly – Commissioning Editor and Sian Cain – Book Site Editor for The Guardian.

We live in a rapidly changing world, one which produces new stories all the time. But it’s never been harder to break into the publishing world, and we risk losing the diversity and complexity of those voices. This prize is a small but hugely valuable step in in supporting writers from minority backgrounds, and helping them gain the visibility that their work deserves.Tash Aw

CLICK HERE to enter the prize!

Any questions? Email BAMEprize@harpercollins.co.uk. Want to join the conversation? Use the hashtag #BAMEprize.

The company is also launching its BAME traineeship (year long paid placement) & its Graduate Traineeship (18 month paid placement) later on in the year. Keep an eye out for more info.

Information taken from www.4thestate.co.uk with permission

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