Celebrating new Black-British writing for children

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Calling all unpublished or self-publisBlack-British children's writers!

We're excited to announce the inaugural Jericho Prize for children's writing, open to Black-British writers with great stories to inspire children aged 4 years plus and 7–9.

From 9am 2 August to 12pm (midday) 2 September 2021, send us your finest finished manuscript for a chance to win a cash prize, exclusive access to publishing industry professionals, and more.

We want to showcase talented Black-British writers who may have faced barriers to traditional publishing. This is a prize for writing: please do not include any illustrations with your submission.

As a Jericho Prize winner, you'll learn from industry experts, develop your manuscript, and, eventually if your book is published, broaden your audience. We need your brilliant stories!


We're looking for manuscripts aimed at young readers and your work must fit into one of these two categories:

1. A picture book for 4 years plus. No more than 800 words OR

2. A short chapter book for the 7–9 age range between 10,000–15,000 words

All manuscripts must feature a Black or mixed-Black main character. (Read our FAQs and Terms and conditions for guidance.)

The prize

The winner of each category will receive:

  • £500 cash, funded by Knights Of

  • Editorial consultancy with Anna McQuinn from Alanna Max or Carla Hutchinson from Bloomsbury Children's Books

  • Design consultancy with author-illustrator Ken Wilson-Max from Alanna Max (picture book winner only)

After that, if you manage to publish your book you'll also receive:

  • A listing with inclusive-led bookshop Round Table Books in their physical and online stores

  • A book review published on Candid Cocoa plus six month's promotion on Candid Cocoa's social media

Thanks to our generous sponsors, promotors and collaborators:

Sponsors' logos: Arts Council England, Knights Of, Penguin Random House Children's, Alanna Max, StoryMix, Youth Libraries Group, Round Table Books, and Candid Cocoa,