W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize 2022 - Shortlist

5th September 2022
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5th September 2022
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Moving into our fourth year of the W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize, we were thrilled to receive the highest number of entries since our inaugural year!  This year, we celebrate a shortlist of stories, which include a daughter dealing with the aftermath of her mother's death, a young man grappling with his memories, a collection of stories linked by marked lives and marked flesh, the complexities of a graveyard security guard navigating power and privilege in a luxury mall, intergenerational friendships, a queer coming of old age story and a work of non-fiction entwining the timelines of one woman's life growing up in Poland and creating a family in Wales. 

Congratulations to the following writers...


There She Goes My Beautiful World by Gosia Buzzanca

On The Shore by Figen N Gungor

Productive Insecurity by Monica Wang 

Perseverance by Lauren C. Maltas

Valdemar by Natalie O'Keeffe 

On The Bodies of Strangers by Hannah Stevens


Highly Commended

Brokedown Palace by Debra Waters

Octobaby by Sam Retallick


A huge congratulations to our shortlisted writers! We will be revealing the winner, as chosen by judge Jessica Andrews, this Friday. 

With this prize, we're aiming to provide feedback on all entries by the end of November. We're hugely appreciative for your patience and hope that this is something we'll be able to provide moving forward with every prize and competition.

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