News Book News | Written by Ed Fortune 29/04/2021

Future Worlds Prize Opens for Submissions

The  Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour is now open for submissions.

The prize was previously called the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award. It is has been founded by Doctor Who writer and Rivers of London author Ben Aaronovitch. The prize is sponsored by Aaronovitch, with additional financial support from Bridgerton actor Adjoa Andoh. It is administered by Cityread, a registered literature charity, and project managed by children's book author and jounalist Sarah Shaffi.

Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour aims to find new talent writing science fiction and fantasy. The winner will receive a prize of £4,000, the runner-up £2,000 and up to six additional shortlisted authors will each receive £800. All shortlisted writers, the runner-up and the winner will also mentoring via one of the publishing houses involved.

The 2020 prize was won by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson for The Principle of Moments, a space-based adventure story. Jikiemi-Pearson has since secured a publishing deal with Gollancz, and her debut novel will be released in 2022.

Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour opens for submissions from unpublished writers of colour based in the UK at 09:00 on Wednesday, April 28 2021 and closes at 23:59 GMT on Friday, June 25 2021.

For submission details and more on the prize, visit