The HopeRoad Prize for postcolonial literary studies is to be renewed for a further three years and to extend its remit, the publisher has said.
The prize was originally launched by HopeRoad publisher Rosemarie Hudson in association with the postcolonial studies centre at Nottingham Trent University, to promote literature from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The award presents £50 worth of books from the HopeRoad catalogue to two students graduating in English, whose work demonstrates "orginality and rigour in the field of postcolonial literary studies".
HopeRoad Publishing has now renewed its sponsorship of the prize for another three years and is extending the award's range to other UK universities.
Hudson said: "We are tremendously excited to be reaching out to talented and committed graduates, all of whom we congratulate. You are the future voices who will bring the past to life and celebrate those whom history has forgotten. We applaud your scholarship and perseverance, and expect great things from you!”
Dr Jenni Ramone, senior lecturer in postcolonial studies at Nottingham Trent University, said: "The HopeRoad Prize for postcolonial literary studies is a wonderful opportunity for our students. Being awarded this prize has supported a number of our students to secure funding for highly competitive postgraduate studentships since it is recognition of their exceptional talent in this field. The recipients also benefit from being able to choose from a catalogue of books by important contemporary writers. This way, they have the opportunity to read new work by writers with African or Caribbean heritage, some of whom they may not have encountered while at university. We hope to continue our relationship with HopeRoad for many years."
The specific universities who will participate in the prize is still being confirmed.