A New Anthology From Stripes Written By BAME Authors Addressing The Lack Of Diversity

We loved and adored I’ll Be Home For Christmas, the short story anthology from Stripes which celebrated UKYA whilst raising funds for Crisis at Christmas and it looks like Stripes want to do something similar with their next short story anthology, named A Change Is Gonna Come.

A Change Is Gonna Come which publishes on the 3rd August 2017 will feature short fiction (poetry and short stories) centred around the theme of change and will be written by authors from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME) including: Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Nikesh Shukla and Lemn Sissay, alongside, as yet, undiscovered new talent.

A New Anthology From Stripes Written By BAME Authors Addressing The Lack Of Diversity
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More below! 🙂

The cover will be illustrated by Lucy Banaji.

But before you click away there is more – Stripes are opening their doors to more unpublished and unagented BAME authors and are now open for submissions of short stories and poetry to be included.

We think this is awesome and is a fantastic effort by Stripes to increase the amount of fiction by authors from diverse backgrounds they publish and we hope other publishers will follow suite especially as Stripes are hoping they will then be able to use this as “an opportunity to to discover and nurture new BAME writers” says Ruth Bennett, Commissioning Editor at Stripes.

Bennett goes on to say “Our hope is that the anthology will launch several long and successful careers.”

PLUS they are looking for an aspiring editor from a BAME background who will get to shadow the books editor, Ruth Bennett during the editorial process.

For more details check out this blog entry over on the Little Tiger blog.

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