2021 Prize

2021 competition

The winner will be announced on 10 November 2021.

The Judges

Nell Stevens (Chair)

Nell Stevens writes memoir and fiction.

She is the author of Bleaker House and Mrs Gaskell & Me, which won the 2019 Somerset Maugham Award. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, 2018. Nell lectures in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Fred D’Aguiar

Poet, novelist and playwright, Fred D’Aguiar was born in London to Guyanese parents.

He grew up in Guyana, returning to England in his teens. He trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading English with African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

He is the author of six novels, including, Children of Paradise (Granta 2015), about Jonestown, Guyana. His first novel, The Longest Memory won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. His ninth poetry book and most recent, Letters to America (Carcanet, 2020) is a UK, Poetry Book Society Winter Choice.

His plays have been staged in the UK and broadcast on BBC radio. He was awarded the Guyana Prize in Fiction and in Poetry, and was Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University and Northern Arts Literary Fellow at Newcastle and Durham Universities.

He has lived in the US since the 1990s and taught at Amherst College, University of Miami and Virginia Tech. Currently he is Professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles.

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 20 languages.

Her most recent novel, Home Fire, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and International Dublin Award and long listed for the Man Booker Prize.

A Vice-President and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, she is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.

She grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London.

Johanna Thomas-Corr

Johanna Thomas-Corr is a journalist and book critic.

Her articles and reviews appear regularly in The Sunday Times and the New Statesman, where she is a contributing writer. She has also written for The Times, The Observer, the Financial Times and the Evening Standard.

She lives in Bristol.