Literature Wales seeking to publish children's poets from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Literature Wales and Firefly Press has launched the Rising Stars Wales Award 2021, the second round of an initiative to identify and nurture talented children’s poets from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds based in Wales, with the view to publish an anthology of their work.

This opportunity is open for early-career writers to develop their creative practice. Over the course of the year, the successful Rising Stars Wales 2021 applicants will receive a financial award, as well as a coaching session from the previous winner of the 2020 Award, Alex Wharton. In addition, the poets will have the opportunity to discover more about the publishing and literature sector from expert professionals at Firefly Press, as well as on-going support and advice from the team at Literature Wales.

Poets or illustrators from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background writing or illustrating work for children aged 7-11 years old may apply. Applicants must be unpublished, based in Wales and be aged 18 or over.

Up to five writers will be selected for the Rising Stars Wales 2021 Award and will receive:

  • A cash prize of £100 each
  • Join the other successful applicants in a 2-hour coaching session with Alex Wharton, the previous winner of the Rising Stars Wales 2020 Award
  • The possibility to have selected works published in the Rising Stars Wales Anthology
  • A group ‘Industry Insight’ workshop with award-winning publisher Firefly Press
  • A group training session focusing on writer development opportunities with Literature Wales staff

To apply, visit this page where you can download the application form and find more details.

The deadline for submissions is 8 December 2020 at 5pm. Submissions received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Should you have any questions, or would like to discuss your entry before submitting, please contact Literature Wales: post@literaturewales.org

In November 2019, Literature Wales and Firefly Press collaborated on the Rising Stars Wales 2020 Award, a new initiative open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children’s poets living in Wales. The award discovered new talent, provided opportunities, and spotlighted three talented emerging individuals. The poets continue to develop as writers and gain further opportunities as a result of the award. For example, 2020 Rising Star Alex Wharton signed a publishing deal with Firefly Press for his debut children’s poetry collection, Daydreams and Jellybeans, which is due to be published in spring 2021.

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