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This year’s Desmond Elliott shortlist features all black writers.

Katie Yee

June 2, 2020, 1:58pm

The Desmond Elliott Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first novel is written in English and published in the UK. Since 2007, it has supported and heralded new writers; the honor comes with a £10,000 prize. It’s heartening to see, especially right now, that this year the Desmond Elliott Prize has an all black shortlist. Black stories matter. Black lives matter.

Congratulations to the finalists!


Abi Daré, The Girl With the Louding Voice


Derek Owusu, That Reminds Me


Okechukwu Nzelu, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney


[h/t The Guardian]

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