MYRIAD COMPETITIONS FOR UNPUBLISHED WRITERS
We are delighted to announce the callout for entries for a special edition of our annual First Drafts Competition to launch unpublished writers: in celebration of Myriad’s forthcoming publication New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby, we are inviting submissions from unpublished women writers who identify as being of African heritage or descent. For more details and how to enter, see First Drafts Competition 2018.
The longlist for the First Graphic Novel Competition has now been selected. This year’s judges—cartoonists Kate Evans and Martin Rowson, co-founders of BAME In Publishing Wei Ming Kam and Sarah Shaffi, and Myriad’s Creative Director Corinne Pearlman—will announce the shortlist this month.
NEW BOOKS THIS SEASON
We celebrated International Women’s Day in March with a feminist hat-trick: The Inking Women, edited by Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate, celebrates 250 years of women cartoon and comic artists; Marie Duval rediscovers the life and work of a ground-breaking Victorian cartoonist; and Ruth Figgest’s gloriously wry debut novel, Magnetism, unfolds an entangled mother-daughter relationship.
Amongst the treats this season and next are highly anticipated new novels from two award-winning authors. Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous (this month) is a fierce, profound and intensely urgent portrait of contemporary India. Elizabeth Haynes, bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner, untangles evidence from a Victorian crime that was never solved to deliver the compelling story of The Murder of Harriet Monckton (September).
In August we publish Redemption Ground, an enlightening, entertaining, profoundly political collection of essays by Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica and one of the foremost poets of her generation.
We’re leading the way with graphic books and graphic subjects later in the year. In June we publish Olivier Kugler’s beautifully drawn reportage on Syrian refugees, Escaping Wars and Waves. October sees the publication of Sohaila Abdulali’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape—a nuanced and unflinching look at what we don’t say as much as what we are beginning to say—and a new edition of The Women’s Atlas, Joni Seager’s classic feminist anaylsis on the status of women worldwide and a cutting-edge example of data visualisation.
Daring, powerful and arrestingly original, these are books for our times.
IN CASE YOU MISSED…
Congratulations to S V Berlin whose debut novel The Favourite has been longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.
Peter Adamson’s global literary thriller, The Kennedy Moment, launched in the UK earlier this year and published in the US in October, is already attracting praise from around the world with readers praising ‘a great story and very moving’ and ‘an ingenious book that screams with relevance in this dark time of Trump and decline’.
Myriad publishes award-winning literary fiction, graphic novels and political nonfiction, including the ground-breaking State of the World atlas series. Our bestselling authors include Dan Smith, crime writers Elizabeth Haynes and Lesley Thomson, and graphic authors Darryl Cunningham, Kate Evans and Una. We champion new and emerging authors through two work-in-progress competitions. Recently we merged with New Internationalist as part of a joint plan to expand, reach wider audiences and publish books that push boundaries and embrace diversity.