Bonnier Books UK imprint Lagom has signed an "important and timely" anthology from the authors of Slay In Your Lane (Fourth Estate), Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené.
Slay in Your Lane Presents: Loud Black Girls, The Anthology will feature the diverse voices of over 20 black British women, both established and emerging. According to Lagom, readers can expect "frank, funny and fearless contributions about what matters to black women today, from a range of prominent voices".
Natalie Jerome, acquisitions director and publisher for Bonnier Books UK signed World language rights from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann, with the audio rights acquired by Audible.
Publishing on 4th July 2019, the book will feature a contribution by the winner of a forthcoming submission competition, an introduction by Yomi and Elizabeth, and a foreword by a lead contributor to be announced.
As part of the acquisition, Bonnier Books UK is also offering a four-month BAME editorial internship in collaboration with Creative Access. The successful candidate will start in November and work with the publishing team full-time, assisting with the publication of the book from the commissioning stage, right up to sending the book to print. The salary for the internship is £18,000 per annum (pro rata).
It coincides with the launch of Bonnier Books' new inclusive recruitment policy, which ditches the use of CVs in the selection process.
Adegoke and Uviebinené commented: "We are delighted to include more emerging talent in Slay in Your Lane Presents: Loud Black Girls, The Anthology via an open submission competition, with the most outstanding entry featuring in the book alongside more established names. Entrants are welcome to write about whatever they feel is relevant to black women today."
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