Jessica Kingsley Publishers launches writing prize for trans and non-binary writers

Jessica Kingsley Publishers launches writing prize for trans and non-binary writers

Jessica Kingsley Publishers has launched a non-fiction writing prize for trans and non-binary writers.

The J K P Writing Prize is open to unpublished and unagented writers who identify as trans and/or non-binary, with winning entries being published in an anthology, and a cash prize for every successful contributor. 

Royalties from the book will be going to charity Gendered Intelligence, a trans-led organisation that supports young trans people and those who work with them. 

Entries will be read and considered by a panel of judges made up of Juno Roche, Sabah Choudrey, Meg-John Barker and Yvy De Luca. 

Writers should submit original, own-voice stories on the theme of “trans everyday”—what it is like to be trans today. 

A spokesperson said: “We want to hear the untold stories. The reality, the nitty-gritty. The mundane and the amazing. We want writers to challenge stereotypes and reject the norm. To inform, inspire and empower.”

Those who want to take part should visit the website and make their submission by midnight on 3rd May 2020.

JKP launched a Gender Diversity list in 2017 and have since published nearly 80 books for professionals, parents, children, allies and general readers. 

Editorial director Andrew James said: “Publishing own voices has always been at the heart of the Gender Diversity list, and I am delighted we are launching this writing prize to discover new and exciting trans and/or non-binary writers. Our hope with this prize is to give these writers the platform to be heard, and to showcase and celebrate the breadth of their talent.”