The Crime Writers’ Association

Joffe Books New Publication Prize for Crime Writers of Colour

Joffe Books, in conjunction with bestselling crime writer Dorothy Koomson and literary agent Susan Yearwood, is seeking to discover a new crime fiction writer to join our bestselling list. We are launching a new writing prize for unagented crime fiction writers of colour to turn their fantastic manuscripts into bestsellers. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books.

The competition aims to champion authors from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds writing in one of our favourite crime fiction genres: electrifying psychological thrillers, cosy mysteries, gritty police procedurals, twisty chillers, unputdownable suspense mysteries, shocking domestic noirs…

We’re looking for entrants to submit full-length manuscripts (at least 65,000 words) in English by 30 September 2021.

Submissions are to be sent only via email to along with a synopsis of the book and author biography.

Entrants must be 18 or over and identify as being from Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. The competition is open to all UK residents and British citizens, including those residing abroad.

The book can be previously published or self-published but the author must be an unagented crime fiction writer of colour.

Click here for full details, including the T&Cs (scroll down).

Dorothy Koomson, bestselling crime writer, says: “I think crime fiction in all its glory could really benefit from more stories by traditionally underrepresented writers out there. This competition is one way of doing that. I’m so excited to be a judge on this and can’t wait to read the submissions.”

Susan Yearwood, Susan Yearwood Agency, says: “Joffe Books is one of the most innovative and inclusive-thinking digital publishers in publishing today and I am pleased to be asked to judge Joffe’s inaugural competition to find a great crime writer. I have long been a fan of Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers in this genre and I look forward to meeting big talent in crime writing.”

Emma Grundy Haigh, Joffe Books says: “We are very excited to launch this competition. If we are to create meaningful, long-lasting change within our industry, it is not enough to claim to have an open-door policy. It is our responsibility to actively seek out writers from communities that are underrepresented in our genre and support them in building sustainable careers. I can’t wait to discover the fantastic writers that enter this competition and get their work into the hands of readers.”


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