Jhalak Prize

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Jhalak Prize
Awarded forBook of the year by a writer of colour
CountryUnited Kingdom
First awarded2017 (2017)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, is an annual literary prize awarded to British or British-resident writers. The prize, launched in 2017, was created by writers Sunny Singh and Nikesh Shukla, and Media Diversified, it is supported by The Authors’ Club and an anonymous donor. It is the first and only literary prize in the UK to only accept entries by writers of colour.[1]


Year Author Title Genre(s) Shortlist Judges
2017 Blue ribbon Jacob Ross The Bone Readers[2] fiction
2018 Blue ribbon Reni Eddo-Lodge Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race[3] non-fiction
  • Nadeem Aslam, The Golden Legend (Faber)
  • Kayo Chingonyi, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus)
  • Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I ‘m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury Circus)
  • Xiaolu Guo, Once Upon a Time in the East (Chatto & Windus)
  • Meena Kandasamy, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife (Atlantic Books)
  • Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, The Island at the End of Everything (Chicken House)


  1. ^ "Independent presses dominate Jhalak Prize longlist". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  2. ^ Cain, Sian (2017-03-17). "Caribbean crime thriller wins inaugural prize for only BAME writers". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  3. ^ Flood, Alison (19 March 2018). "Reni Eddo-Lodge wins Jhalak prize for British writers of colour", The Guardian.

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