We're pleased to announce the results of our 2021 W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize.
Huge congratulations must go to our four shortlisted writers Emma Hanson (Plantain), Grace Quantock (Madwomen Are My Ancestors), Kira Scott (Scunnered) and Anna Whyatt (The Wreckmaster's House)
Our shortlisted writers will receive a W&A book bundle as well as a year's free subscription to The Society of Authors.
We're pleased to announced that this year's winner is Chris Griffiths with his story, The Saturday Boy.
Griffiths, who was chosen as the winner by our judge Paul Mendez, will receive a mentoring session with Paul, as well as a cash prize of £200, one year's free subscription to the Society of Authors, free admission to one of our events as well as a bundle of books.
Of the winning entry, Paul said:
'I was immediately sold on The Saturday Boy. The first paragraph beautifully contrasts a soulless industrial work environment with the tender longing of the protagonist's inner thoughts. Chris Griffiths is writing about Thatcher's Britain from the perspective of a working-class young socialist going against the grain, examining masculinity, life and love across cultures and religions, in less heralded English cities and towns. His voice is subtle, his ear discerning. The Saturday Boy has the potential to be an unusual and exciting read.'
A massive thank you to everyone who entered our prize this year. We were overwhelmed by the wealth of brilliant writing and we do hope that you continue to write and share your brilliant stories.