Candice Carty-Williams, Nikesh Shukla and Ayisha Malik are among authors shortlisted for this year's inaugural Diverse Book Awards.
Carty-Williams' Queenie (Trapeze), which scooped Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, has been listed alongside Ayisha Malik's This Green and Pleasant Land (Zaffre/Bonnier) in the adult fiction category. Also shortlisted for that award are Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh (Simon & Schuster), Golden Child by Claire Adam (Faber & Faber), and Living The Dream by Isabelle Dupuy (Jacaranda).
The Young Adult fiction category sees Nikesh Shukla's The Boxer (Hodder) shortlisted with All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman (Hot Key Books), Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung (Andersen Press), The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Hodder) and The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Hachette).
In the children's fiction category, the shortlisted titles are: My Hair by Hannah Lee, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan (Faber & Faber), Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik (Hodder), Son of the Circus by E L Norry (Scholastic), The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q Rauf (Orion Children’s Books) and Tin Boy by Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke).
The awards, which were created by The Author School writing community, received over 50 submissions this year.
Helen Lewis and Abiola Bello, co-founders of The Author School and The Diverse Book Awards, say: “The support and love for The Diverse Book Awards in its first year has been heart-warming. We are happy to see so much support for these diverse and inclusive titles and hope that the shortlist gets even more attention – they all deserve it.”
The judges are 14-year-old Rebekah Banda from South-East London, 15-year-old Alicia Cruz from North-West London (both of whom will only judge the Children’s and YA), Luisa María Negret from Hashtag BLAK Commissioning Editor, Samantha Williams, founder of This is Book Love, Rob Green, editor of Pen & Inc magazine, and Caroline Fielding, chartered School Librarian and CILIP YLG London Committee & National representative.
The three winners from each category will receive a bundle of prizes including a trophy, a six-month PR and marketing membership of Literally PR’s ‘100 Club’, a This Is Book Love bookshop listing, editorial content in Pen & Inc, the opportunity to be part of an author panel event to be hosted by The Author School, and participation in Margate Bookie online festival program in November alongside Lewis and Bello.
The winners of the three categories will be announced in an online ceremony on 22nd October.
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