The Young Enigma Awards announced 2 August, Manchester

Daniel Wren

This Saturday 2 August, the Young Enigma Awards will be announced at Manchester Central Library at 12-2pm.

The Young Enigma Awards is a nationwide search to find the LGBT+ voices of tomorrow. Young Enigma is a writer development programme for young and emerging writers aged 13-35. Writers are supported through tailored packages of support, which include mentoring, workshops, performance opportunities and publication.

The finalists for the two awards have now been announced:

Allan Horsfall Prize

The Allan Horsfall Prize is sponsored by Archives+ to celebrate young writers from Greater Manchester aged 13-25.

The Allan Horsfall Prize-winner will also be supported in undertaking a writing residency at Archives+ at Manchester Central Library.

The finalists are:

  • Bryony Bates
  • Barnaby Callaby

Barbara Burford Prize

The Barbara Burford Prize is sponsored by Commonword for emerging writers aged 18-35.

The Barbara Burford Prize-winner will be supported in undertaking a residency as LGBT Writer in Residence 2015.

The finalists are:

  • Michael Atkins
  • Janette Ayachi

In no particular order, the longlisted writers for the 2014 Young Enigma Awards were:

Imani Sims
Jude Orlando Enjolras
Olivia Smith
Keith Jarrett
Michael Atkins
Barnaby Callaby
Jamal Gerald
Rebecca Swarray
Bryony Bates
Jane Bradley
Janette Ayachi
Timothy Case

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The award-giving ceremomy will be hosted by LGBT+ poet Cheryl Martin with Pete Kalu, Artistic Director of Commonword/Cultureword.

Join Young Enigma, Vada Magazine and friends at the awards ceremony in Manchester on the 2 August at 12pm. There will be free refreshments, live performances and guest speakers.

Winners of both prizes will receive one-to-one mentoring sessions in Manchester, continued editorial support, free books, and performance and publication opportunities. A selection of entries will be published in an anthology of emerging LGBT+ voices by Dog Horn Publishing. Young Enigma will support winners in pursuing commissioning and funding opportunities.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.