Jhalak Prize

The longlists for the Jhalak Prize 2022 in the adult as well as the Children and YA (Young Adult) categories were announced today, March 15, 2022. These are the writers of African descent who made the lists.

The Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour is an annual literary prize awarded to British or British-resident BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) writers. The Jhalak Prize was created by writers Sunny Singh and Nikesh Shukla as well as Media Diversified in 2016. Previous winners have been Jacob Ross, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Guy Gunaratne,  Johny Pitts, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Patrice Lawrence.

The organisers of the prize have announced the longlist of books in the running in the two categories today. The following writers of African descent made the cut;


Judging panel: award-winning author Mary Jean Chan (chair); writer, poet and essayist Chimene Suleyman; novelist, editor, and publisher of the online literary journal, The Colverstone Review Stephen Thompson. The longlistees;

  • A Blood Condition, Kayo Chingonyi (Chatto &Windus)
  • Things I Have Withheld, Kei Miller (Canongate Books)

Children’s and Young Adult (YA)

Judging panel: award-winning children’s and YA author Sufiya Ahmed (Chair); producer, editor and writer, poet, broadcaster and novelist Nii Ayikwei Parkes; award-winning writer Patrice Lawrence. The longlistees;

  • Ace of Spades, Faridah Àbíkí-Íyímídé (Usborne)
  • Lionheart Girl, Yaba Badoe (Head of Zeus)
  • We’re Going to Find the Monster, Malorie Blackman & Dapo Adeola (Puffin)
  • The Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs, Jeffrey Boakye, illustrated Ngadi Smart, (Faber & Faber)
  • Luna Loves Dance, Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers (Andersen Press)
  • Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up, Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A. Carter, illustrated Dorcas Magbadelo (Bloomsbury)

The shortlists will be announced on April 19 before the winner is revealed on May 26.