Dates open: Monday 15 June until 11.59pm Monday 6 July (if unable to make these dates due to extenuating circumstances, please contact us)

Requirements: Under 25, identify as Black, Asian, Arabic or from marginalised communities, based in the UK

Submission requirements: Up to 1,000 words of your fiction manuscript (finished or unfinished), up to 300 words summarsing the manuscript, 100 words on why you'd find the support helpful.

The Bad Form Young Writers’ Prize has been launched to support unpublished Black, Asian, and marginalised community authors under 25 based in the UK.


The prize is unique in that it accepts entries of unpublished fiction manuscripts by young writers, and will offer the winner invaluable practical support to break into the publishing industry. All qualifying manuscripts will be judged by a panel of four independent judges from the Bad Form team, who will then select a shortlist and then a winner.


The winner will receive meetings with:

  • Agent Catherine Cho of Madeleine Milburn Agency

  • Publisher Joel Richardson of Penguin Michael Joseph

  • Author Okechukwu Nzelu, author of The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney (Dialogue Books).


The winner will receive a phenomenal package of books by Black, Asian, Arabic and non-white authors, from publishers Picador, Myriad Editions, Penguin Press, Silver Press, Pushkin Press, and Hashtag Press.


The winner and also receive tickets to Writing Our Legacy’s writing events. Writing Our Legacy is whose aim is to raise awareness of the contributions of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) writers, poets, playwrights and authors born, living or connected to Sussex and the South East. This has been kindly organised by Myriad Editions.


A shortlisted writer will also receive tickets to the Writing Our Legacy events. A shortlisted writer will also receive meetings with:

  • Mentorship from Elaine Chiew, author of The Heartsick Diaspora (Myriad Editions)

  • And a meeting with Umi Sinha, author of Belonging (Myriad Editions).


The Prize requirements:

  •  Entrants must be based in the UK, and identify as Black, Asian, Arabic or from a marginalised community.

  • Entrants must be under 25 at the time of submission.

  • Entrants must not have published a book with a publisher at time of entry, or be under contract to do so.

  • Entrants must supply 100 words on why the opportunity would be useful to them, 1,000 words of their fiction manuscript (finished or unfinished), and a 300 word summary of their manuscript.



Submissions will open at midday on Monday 11th June, and close at 11.59pm on Monday 6th July. 

Terms and Conditions available here.











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