Two book deal is prize for ethnic minority writers of crime fiction

Dorothy Koomson (left) and Susan Yearwood are inviting entries. 

Dorothy Koomson (left) and Susan Yearwood are inviting entries. - Credit: Niall McDiarmid

A publishing house has launched a prize for new crime writers from ethnic minority backgrounds. 

Run by Old Street-based Joffe Books, the competition offers a two-book publishing contract to one worthy winner. 

The publishers are looking for a crime writer of colour currently without an agent, whether they have been previously published or not. 

The judging panel will include bestselling crime writer Dorothy Koomson – author of My Best Friend’s Girl and The Ice Cream Girls – and literary agent Susan Yearwood. 

Dorothy Koomson said: “I think crime fiction in all its glory could really benefit from more stories by traditionally underrepresented writers out there. This competition is one way of doing that.” 


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Joffe Book’s commissioning and managing editor Emma Grundy Haigh said: “If we are to create meaningful, long-lasting change within our industry, it is not enough to claim to have an open-door policy.  

“It is our responsibility to actively seek out writers from communities that are underrepresented in our genre and support them in building sustainable careers.” 

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The closing date for entries is September 30, 2021. 

For more information on Joffe Books’ new writing prize, visit http://www.joffebooks.com/prize.  

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