WELCOME TO THE MO SIEWCHARRAN PRIZE 2021
Hachette UK’s Changing the Story diversity and inclusivity initiative has launched the Mo Siewcharran Prize for its second year to help discover unpublished fiction writers from Black, Asian and Marginalised Ethnic backgrounds.
WHAT IS THE MO SIEWCHARRAN PRIZE?
The initiative, named in memory of Nielsen Book’s former director of marketing and communications, aims to nurture talent from under-represented backgrounds writing in English. Run by Hachette UK’s Changing the Story diversity and inclusivity initiative, the prize was launched in 2019 and returns this year, following a break in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, the winner will receive the chance to be published by Little, Brown Book Group’s Little Brown and Abacus imprints.
ABOUT LITTLE, BROWN and ABACUS
Little, Brown is one of the oldest imprints within Hachette and has a reputation both for excellence and for major bestsellers. It is a literary list, but also one of the most commercially successful imprints in publishing, with authors including Donna Tartt, Celeste Ng, Jane Harper, Andrew Sean Greer, Alexander McCall Smith, Gregory David Roberts, You-Jeong Jeong, David Sedaris, Rupert Everett and the Booker-shortlisted Chigozie Obioma, Jane Gardam and Simon Mawer. Many of these authors are Sunday Times bestsellers who we have published from the start of their careers.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023, Abacus is the paperback home of the authors published on the hardback Little, Brown imprint. It has one of the richest paperback lists in the industry, with authors including: Beryl Bainbridge, Iain Banks, Anita Shreve, Valerie Martin, Christopher Brookmyre, Christine Mangan and Tom Holland along with Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom and Walter Isaacson’s global bestseller, Steve Jobs.
JUDGING AND PRIZES
Readers from Hachette’s THRIVE network will judge the initial round. The shortlist, runners-up and winner will be judged by the judging panel. The panel is made up of Executive Publisher, Clare Smith and Publisher, Richard Beswick from Little, Brown and Abacus, author and inaugural winner of the prize Sarvat Hasin, agent Sophie Lambert and co-chair of THRIVE Ebyan Egal.
The winner will receive £2,500 prize money plus the offer of a publishing deal, subject to contract, with Little, Brown and Abacus.
Second place will receive £1,500 alongside a book hamper.
Third place will receive £750 plus a hamper of books.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We would love to hear from you if you’ve written a full-length novel for adults, have not had a book published anywhere in the world by a publisher (or be under contract anywhere in the world for publication by a publisher) and are aged 18 or over, resident in the UK and from a Black, Asian and Marginalised Ethnic background.
We are looking for compelling, unique and relatable novels that tell us something about the world we live in and the breadth of human experiences. We love engaging narratives, compelling characters and developed themes.
We are open to all adult literary fiction genres, but will not accept sci-fi, fantasy, poetry, short story collections, non-fiction or books for young adults.
23 April 2021 – Submissions open
23 May 2021 – Submissions close
28 June 2021 – Longlist announced
29 July 2021 – Shortlist announced
September 2021 – Winner announced
HOW TO ENTER
Submissions are now open and it is free to enter. If you’d like to enter, please fill in the form below and submit your submission as a single document.
Entry requirements are a 700-word synopsis of the plot of the novel, a list of the book’s characters and an extract of no more than 8,000 words (either the first three chapters or first fifty pages).
Submissions must be in 12pt Times New Roman, and submitted as Word documents, PDF or ODT files.
You may only submit one piece of work for consideration. Submissions will be open until Sunday 23rd May at 11.59am.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries.