Faber Announces Winners of First FAB Prize for BAME Writers and Illustrators

Last December Faber & Faber and the Andlyn Literary Agency launched a new prize for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers and illustrators for children. It was created in the hopes of discovering new writers and illustrators from BAME backgrounds, giving the overall winners the chance to win a year-long mentoring scheme to help develop their talent. Well, the results are now in, and here are the winners:

Rohan Agalawatta won the writing prize for The Monster Orphanage, for his funny self-assured story that featured a boy called Odel and a deadpan talking yeti.

Ramsey Hassan won second place for Sanctuary, his dialogue skills and the age-appropriate story based on his own experiences of coming to the UK as an asylum seeker earning him his prize.

Lucy Farfort won first prize in the illustrator category for her collection of sumptuous re-imagined fairytale illustrations.

Cindy Chang

Cindy Chang won the second prize for illustration with her picture book Bear’s Hat, her gentle magical colour palette and her work’s ability to tell a story gaining her the judges admiration.

The first prize winners will receive £500 plus the aforementioned year’s mentoring. The second place winners will get the chance to have a consultation meeting to discuss their work. Alongside the named winners, the judges also came up with a list of Highly Commended and Commended entries, the creators of which will also be invited along to the prize celebration at a later date, with their work available to view.

‘What has really stood out is the range of stories and artwork submitted: it’s proof that fantastic writing and illustration shouldn’t separate us; commonalities can be found whilst teaching us something new.’ – Davinia Andrew-Lynch at Andlyn.

 

‘We were thrilled at the high calibre of entries we received in both categories of the prize, and would like to celebrate the best of them with the rest of the industry, in the expectation and hope that many of these brilliant writers and illustrators will find opportunities there within. Yes – we will want to run this prize again.’ – Leah Thaxton, Children’s publisher.

Congratulations to the winners from everyone at Geek Syndicate, very well done!

Source: Press Release
GS Blogger: Casey Douglass

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