W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize 2021 - Shortlist

3rd August 2021
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6th August 2021
W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize

2021 marks the third year of the W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize. We've received 457 entries over the three years, which is a remarkable testament to the amount of brilliant stories, from which we had to select a shortlist.

This year, we celebrate a shortlist of stories including a woman uncovering a legacy of secrets on the remote west coast of Denmark in 1947, an underrecognized black female doctor working in a chronically understaffed British hospital, first love falling together and apart again in late 80's Midlands, a young Scottish woman grappling with depression and leaving university, and our only shortlisted non-fiction work about what it means to negotiate identifies and boundaries as a disabled trauma survivor..

Congratulations to the following writers...


Scunnered by Kira Scott

Plantain by Emma Hanson

The Saturday Boy by Chris Griffiths

The Wreckmaster's House by Anna Whyatt

Madwomen are my Ancestors by Grace Quantock

A huge congratulations to our shortlisted writers! Judge Paul Mendez will be deciding a winner, which will be announced at the beginning of September. The winner and runners-up will be contacted via email, but do keep your eyes peeled on our blog pages for our announcement. 

W&A Admin


Totally agree Mark. Well done to short-listed writers and all those who entered the competition. Completing a novel is an amazing feat so keep turning up to the page. In intend to. See you next year....

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Congratulations to all the short-listed writers. Commiserations to those who didn't quite make it. I enjoyed the challenge and will be back next year... still working-class, still working hard and still writing!

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