MYRIAD COMPETITIONS FOR UNPUBLISHED WRITERS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delighted to announce the callout for entries for a special edition of our annual First Drafts Competition to launch unpublished writers: in celebration of Myriad’s forthcoming publication New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby OBE, we are inviting submissions from unpublished women writers who identify as being of African heritage or descent.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 shortlist for the First Graphic Novel Competition has now been selected. Our congratulations to Cathy Brett, Sabba Khan, Clarrie Pope & Blanche Pope, Jenny Robins, Zara Slattery, Anna Trench and Sarah Ushurhe. This year’s judges are 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. The winner will be announced on 5 July at the awards event in London.
NEW BOOKS THIS SEASON
As glittering reviews pour in for Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous (‘the breathless pace of a Hollywood car chase, a dry, clever humour worthy of Aaron Sorkin, and the heavy heart and soul of Márquez’), he talked to Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book about his fierce, profound and intensely urgent portrait of contemporary India.
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.
Our treat for September is Elizabeth Haynes’ highly anticipated new novel: based on a true Victorian crime that was never solved, The Murder of Harriet Monckton untangles evidence from four key suspects to deliver a compelling story packed with lust, loneliness and loathing.
We’re proud to be publishing game-changing graphic books and graphic subjects. This month we publish Olivier Kugler’s beautifully drawn reportage on Syrian refugees, Escaping Wars and Waves. October sees the publication of two landmark feminist books: Sohaila Abdulali’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape is a nuanced and unflinching look at what we don’t say as much as what we are beginning to say about sexual assault; Joni Seager’s beautifully designed edition of The Women’s Atlas is an invaluable feminist resource and example of cutting-edge data visualization.
Daring, powerful and arrestingly original, these are books for our times.
IN CASE YOU MISSED…
On Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate talked to Jenni Murray about The Inking Woman: 250 years of Women Cartoonists and Comic Artists in Britain.
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. In 2017 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.