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Jason Allen-Paisant and Jacqueline Crooks have been shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Jason Allen-Paisant’s TS Eliot Prize winning collection Self-Portrait as Othello, and Jacqueline Crooks’ mesmerising and inventive debut novel Fire Rush have both been shortlisted for the prestigious Jhalak Prize for 2024.

Judged by Anni Domingo, Stella Oni and Denise Saul, this year’s prize features a wide variety of styles and genres across fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry.

Prize director Sunny Singh said of this year’s shortlist: “Once again, Jhalak Prize shortlists are testaments to the extraordinary range and quality of work being produced by writers of colour in contemporary Britain. I am particularly struck by the bold experiments in form and genre, courageous explorations of themes and ideas and the incredible variety of creative practice demonstrated by our shortlistees. Our 2022 shortlists are made up of books to be read and re-read, and remembered and cherished far into the future.”

The winners will be announced on 30 May. In the meantime you can pick up a copy of Fire Rush here, and Self-Portrait as Othello here, or in all good bookshops.