Celebrating Black-British new writing for children
Open for submissions 2 August 2021
Calling all unpublished or self-published Black-British children's writers!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 for more guidance.)
The winner of each category will receive:
£500 cash, funded by Knights Of
Design consultancy with author-illustrator Ken Wilson-Max from Alanna Max
After that, if you manage to publish your book you'll also receive:
Thanks to our generous sponsors, promotors and collaborators: