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Jhalak Prize

The Jhalak Prize and its sister award, the Jhalak Children's & YA Prize, recognises the work of British and British resident BAME writers.

Entries include (but are not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, poetry and all other genres. The Jhalak Children’s and YA Prize accepts books for children, teens and young adults including picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, poetry, non-fiction, and all other genres by writers of colour and aimed at young readers. The prizes are also open to self-published writers. 

Each winner is awarded £1000 along with a unique work of art created by artists chosen for the annual Jhalak Art Residency. Furthermore, all short listed authors receive one-year complimentary membership of The London Library, the UK's largest independent library. Each winner receives a two-year complimentary membership.

The Jhalak Prize Winner 2023



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None of the Above by Travis Alabanza: Winner of the Jhalak Prize 2023

'When you are someone that falls outside of categories in so many ways, a lot of things are said to you. And I have had a lot of things said to me.’

In None of the Above, Travis Alabanza examines seven phrases people have directed at them about their gender identity. These phrases have stayed with them over the years. Some are deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or offensive, some celebratory; sentences that have impacted them for better and for worse; sentences that speak to the broader issues raised by a world that insists that gender must be a binary.

Through these seven phrases, which include some of their most transformative experiences as a Black, mixed race, non-binary person, Travis Alabanza turns a mirror back on society, giving us reason to question the very framework in which we live and the ways we treat each other.

‘A breath of fresh air … There’s no memoir like it’ Independent

'Will challenge, empower and move your soul’ Glamour

‘Travis Alabanza writes with such generosity and ease even the most provocative suggestions start to seem obvious … Profound and funny’ Shon Faye

The C&YA Jhalak Prize Winner 2023



When our Worlds Collided by Danielle Jawando: Winner of the C&YA Jhalak Prize 2023

A powerful coming-of-age story about chance encounters, injustice and how the choices that we make can completely change our future. The second YA novel from the critically acclaimed Danielle Jawando, perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Gayle Foreman, Jennifer Niven and Nikesh Shukla.

When fourteen-year-old Shaq is stabbed outside of a busy shopping centre in Manchester, three teenagers from very different walks of life are unexpectedly brought together. What follows flips their worlds upside down and makes Chantelle, Jackson, and Marc question the deep-rooted prejudice and racism that exists within the police, the media, and the rest of society.

‘Jawando’s writing is incredibly raw and real; I felt completely immersed’ Alice Oseman
'A raw, unflinching and powerful story that will stay with me for a long time’ Manjeet Mann, author of The Crossing

‘A beautiful ode to found family, and a compassionate look at the power of connection borne from the ashes of tragedy and apathy’ Christina Hammonds Reed, author of The Black Kids

‘Hard-hitting yet still hopeful, this is an emotional powerhouse of a book’ Alexandra Sheppard, author of Oh My Gods

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2023

Shortlisted for the C&YA Jhalak Prize 2023

Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2023

Longlisted for the C&YA Jhalak Prize 2023