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SI Leeds Literary Prize events 2018

There are a number of exciting events shaping up for this year's SI Leeds Literary Prize. There are some great speakers and writers involved across London this year. We'll be adding dates as we get them, so check back regularly or join our mailing list to keep up to date.

Rich Mix

Friday 14 September
7.00pm - 8.30pm
Tickets: £7.50 / £5.00
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Join critically acclaimed author Roopa Farooki for a lively evening of readings and discussion with the SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writers. The prize is a biennial award championing the voices of black and Asian women writers in the UK with patrons including Bonnie Greer, Margaret Busby, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Bidisha. The prize continues to go from strength to strength. Come along to see some exciting new voices on the literary landscape.

Asian Writer's Festival

Saturday 20 October
4.15pm - 5.45pm
Tickets TBC

Words of Colour Director and broadcaster Joy Francis steers this round table discussion with the shortlist of the SI Leeds Literary Prize. This year's judges are Sharmaine Lovegrove, Susheila Nasta, Kadija George and Winnie Li. As well as sharing their writing, the writers will be reflecting on what it means to be a woman of colour writing in the UK today and how those lived, complex experiences have impacted their work.

Southbank Centre London Literature Festival

Tuesday 23 October
7.00pm - 8.30pm
Tickets: £10
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Publisher, editor, broadcaster and critic Ellah Allfrey will be in conversation with the 2018 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writers. The prize is an award for unpublished fiction by black and Asian women in the UK, championing under represented voices and providing platforms which enable them to reach broader audiences. The panel will be exploring past legacies, movements and presses that helped pave the way as well as reading work in response to the discussion.

The SI Leeds Literary Prize

The SI Leeds Literary Prize is an award for unpublished fiction by UK-based Black and Asian women, aged 18 and above. Its aim is to act as a loudspeaker for fresh and original literary voices from an under-represented group, and to help them reach new audiences in mainstream culture. Shortlisted writers take part in a programme of craft and career development. Many of the prize entrants have gone on to land publishing deals, agents, and critical acclaim for their writing.

Entries for the 2018 Prize are now closed. The 2018 longlist has now been announced and the shortlist will be announced at the end of August.

The prizes are as follows:

£3,000 for the 1st Prize Aspire-igen award, plus a free place on an Arvon creative writing course, and manuscript assessment through The Literary Consultancy.

£1,250 for the runner-up and £750 for the third-placed writer, and manuscript assessment through The Literary Consultancy.

Shortlisted entrants will be supported through the Prize Plus programme of writer development. They will be offered 1:1 writer development sessions through Inscribe as well as the opportunity to join other great networking and development opportunities through prize partners New Writing North.

The Prize is an initiative of Soroptimist International of Leeds, an organisation dedicated to the development and support of women. Soroptimist International helps women across the world achieve their potential and have an equal voice. These principles are embedded in the SI Leeds Literary Prize.

SI Leeds works in partnership with Yorkshire-based literature organisations, Ilkley Literature Festival and Peepal Tree Press. The SI Leeds Literary Prize is funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, and sponsorship from aspire-igen, a Yorkshire-based social enterprise.

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