The third decibel Penguin prize today calls for new entries that explore the experience of having a mixed heritage. The prize is a collaboration between decibel, an Arts Council England initiative dedicated to promoting diversity in the arts, and Penguin Books.
In today’s Britain, thousands of people have parents from different cultural backgrounds. The judges – who include Shami Chakrabarti and Kate Mosse - will be looking for true stories that illuminate the complexities, challenges and joys of having a mixed heritage.
Entries must be non-fiction, however they can be first-person accounts, or about another person’s experience. The competition is open to writers from any background. It was created to discover original writing talent while offering new authors an opportunity to showcase their work. The winning entries will be published in a Penguin anthology in November this year.
The judging panel is: Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty; Simon Prosser, Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton and Penguin; Samenua Sesher, Director of decibel; authors Kate Mosse and Bernardine Evaristo; and Vivian Archer of the Newham Bookshop. David Lammy MP is the patron of the prize. The judges will be chaired by Brenda Emmanus of BBC London.