Dorothy Koomson, Susan Yearwood and Joffe Books launch crime prize

News - Prizes Friday, 30th April 2021

Competition to find a new crime fiction writer is open to unagented crime writers of colour


Joffe Books, in conjunction with bestselling crime writer Dorothy Koomson and literary agent Susan Yearwood, is seeking to discover a new crime fiction writer to join its bestselling list.

According to the publisher: 'We are launching a new writing prize for unagented crime fiction writers of colour to turn their fantastic manuscripts into bestsellers. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books.

'The competition aims to champion authors from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds writing in one of our favourite crime fiction genres: electrifying psychological thrillers, cosy mysteries, gritty police procedurals, twisty chillers, unputdownable suspense mysteries, shocking domestic noirs...'

Koomson said: "I think crime fiction in all its glory could really benefit from more stories by traditionally underrepresented writers out there. This competition is one way of doing that. I’m so excited to be a judge on this and can’t wait to read the submissions."

Susan Yearwood, Susan Yearwood Agency, said: "Joffe Books is one of the most innovative and inclusive-thinking digital publishers in publishing today and I am pleased to be asked to judge Joffe’s inaugural competition to find a great crime writer. I have long been a fan of Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers in this genre and I look forward to meeting big talent in crime writing."

Emma Grundy Haigh at Joffe Books said: "We are very excited to launch this competition. If we are to create meaningful, long-lasting change within our industry, it is not enough to claim to have an open-door policy. It is our responsibility to actively seek out writers from communities that are underrepresented in our genre and support them in building sustainable careers. I can’t wait to discover the fantastic writers that enter this competition and get their work to the hands of readers."

From competition opens on 1 May and the deadline for entries is 30 September.  More at prize@joffebooks.com

 

Pictured on home page, Dorothy Koomson (cr Niall McDiarmid) and here, Susan Yearwood