About the Prize

The Commonword Diversity Young Adult Fiction Prize 2018 welcomes submissions from unpublished authors, writing Middle Grade or  Young Adult Fiction, whose writing embraces ethnic diversity either through their own ethnicity and culture and/or in their writing.

The Prize is open and accepting submissions until 29th June 2018. 



The winner’s prize will be as follows:

  • £1000 cash, to be paid by cheque.
  • Professional mentoring will be from Marjacq Scripts Ltd – this will consist of a full manuscript assessment and an initial meeting to discuss representation potential. There is no obligation for Marjacq Scripts Ltd to agree to professionally represent the winner.
  • An Arvon course of their choice in 2019 (subject to availability*)

There is a second prize of £500 for the runner-up.


To enter, please read the terms and conditions by clicking on our ‘How To Enter’ page.