Myriad publishes original literary fiction in English from around the world.
Our flagship anthology, New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby, showcases the diversity and remarkable literary achievements of women of African descent with more than 200 contemporary writers and a wealth of genres: autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humour, politics, journalism, essays and speeches.
We’ve launched notable debuts—including Umi Sinha’s Belonging (Historical Writers’ Association Goldbsoro Debut Crown, Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and Waverton Good Read Award listings) and Sue Eckstein’s The Cloths of Heaven (dramatised on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour)—and prize-winning books such as A Kind of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson (winner of The People’s Book Prize) and Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award winners London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp and The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock.
We launched the career of Elizabeth Haynes, whose debut novel was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year and selected for TV Book Club. Into the Darkest Corner has sold over a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone and was a New York Times bestseller. Translation rights have been sold into 37 countries and a film is underway.
Several of our novels attract the attention of film and TV producers, including We Go Around In The Night and Are Consumed By Fire by Jules Grant and The Kennedy Moment by Peter Adamson.
We started publishing short story collections in 2019 and are proud to represent both regional and international voices, from Lisa Blower’s Shropshire-set debut collection, It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s, to Elaine Chiew’s celebration of migrant Chinese communities past and present in The Heartsick Diaspora.
As part of our mission to support and encourage new writers, we collaborate with universities, colleges and other arts organisations to initiate creative projects. The most recent of these is Spotlight Books, a series designed to showcase emerging writers from under-represented backgrounds. The first six Spotlights were published in January 2020.
Our annual First Drafts Competition is now in its ninth year, hosted by West Dean College and judged by industry professionals looking for promising works-in-progress.