Without further ado, let's announce the winner of the W&A Working-Class Writers' Prize 2023.
Tenebrae by Jon Doyle
Our judge, Kasim Ali, shares his thoughts on the winning story:
This is such an electric piece of writing. There is an energy here that is hard to emulate. I love the descriptions, the dialogue, the way it moves. It is a wonderful, brilliant piece of work. Just brilliant. This is someone with a voice, with something to say, with a natural talent.
As the prize winner, Jon will receive a £200 cash prize, mentoring sessions with Kasim Ali, access to a number of W&A events, one year's membership to The Society of Authors, a writing guide bundle and a selection of Bloomsbury books. Congrats, Jon!
Congratulations to our two runners-up Hosanna by Alice McCusker and The Drowned Bird by Furhad Khan.
Many congratulations to those writers who have been longlisted and a thank you to everyone who entered. Every will receive feedback and we are aiming to deliver this to all entrants by the end of January 2024.
We truly appreciate you taking the time to submit your work to us and we hope that you continue to write and tell your stories because we all certainly need them now than ever.