Featuring fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year longlist comprises twelve exceptional books, with a mix of new and well known writers breaking new ground and expanding into new genres. Each engages with complex histories, shines a light on often unseen experiences, and fearlessly confronts bold topics and ideas.
The twelve-book Jhalak Children's & Young Adult Prize longlist includes picture books, early readers, chapter books and young adult fiction. The books cover myriad themes ranging from music, history and architecture and across genres, from narrative poetry to non-fiction and fiction.
The prizes are unique in that they accept entries published in the UK by writers of colour. These include (and not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, poetry and all other genres. The Jhalak Children’s and YA Prize accepts books for children, teens and young adults including picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, poetry, non-fiction, and all other genres by writers of colour and aimed at young readers. The prizes are also open to self-published writers.