Diversity Award

Quarto Translations/Golden Egg Academy Diversity Award

About the Award

Golden Egg is delighted to announce its continued collaboration with Quarto Translations and the annual QT/GEA Diversity Award.

If you’re thinking they’d never like a story like mine, they wouldn’t want me STOP right now! We are actively looking for diverse stories and writers.

This year, we are diversifying and offering three separate awards. We want to reach as many diverse communities as possible and help aspiring authors get their voice and story out into the world.

The Awards are open for submissions from 1st April until 31st July. Read on for further details about each of our available awards.

If you wish to apply for the Hardship Award please contact Vanessa separately on vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk.

The Judging Panel

2019

Imogen Cooper, GEA Founder/Director

Robin Bennett, CEO, Quarto Translations

Dr Vanessa Harbour, Business and Academic Relations

Adamma Okonkwo, Golden Egg Editor and Submissions Co-ordinator

Aimée Felone, Co-Founder, Knights Of

Simon James Green, author of NOAH CAN’T EVEN

Charlotte Eyre, Children’s Editor, The Bookseller

Philip Ardagh, author of THE GRUNTS

2018

Imogen Cooper, GEA Founder/Director

Robin Bennett, CEO, Quarto Translations

Dr Vanessa Harbour, Business and Academic Relations

Adamma Okonkwo, Golden Egg Editor and Submissions Co-ordinator

Sarah Odedina, Editor-at-Large, Pushkin Children’s Books

2017

Imogen Cooper, GEA Founder/Director

Robin Bennett, CEO, Quarto Translations

Dr Vanessa Harbour, Business and Academic Relations

Adamma Okonkwo, Golden Egg Editor and Submissions Co-ordinator

Diversity Award

Diversity Award: includes, according to Inclusive Minds, race and heritage, disability, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, religion, and culture. The applicant could identify themselves as being from one or more under-represented diverse groups. Alternatively, the applicant could be writing a narrative that is inclusive and includes a range of authentic marginalised characters, which have been handled appropriately but selectively without relying on stereotypes. Golden Egg Voucher to cover a full year’s course. (Which course to be decided by GEA)

Submission must include first 3 chapters plus synopsis.

Cultural Award

Cultural diversity can be defined as – but not strictly limited to – those stories including originally portrayed cross-cultural themes or those celebrating the sheer range and glee of language and/or multi-cultural expression (including dialect, argot and neologism). Consideration will also be given ‘hidden gems’ – fiction and fable from other countries that are unknown in English. Award £500 Golden Egg Voucher to spend at any stage as discussed with GEA.

Submission must include first 3 chapters plus synopsis

Hatchling Flash Fiction Competition

Stories of no more than 250 words that show promise in writing for children aged 4 to Young Adult.

Award: weekend writer’s retreat in the Pyrenees. Top 3 published on the GEA and Quarto Translations websites, plus social media and PR (maximum of 4 submissions per person)

Our Ethos

At GEA and Quarto we pride ourselves on our ethical approach to business and to publishing. Our aim always is to encourage diversity in books and publishing in general. Therefore, these Awards are aimed at encouraging diverse writers and diverse stories as well as providing opportunities for writers who would not normally be able to benefit from the expertise at GEA.

At GEA and Quarto we are defining diversity according to the Inclusive Minds definition, which includes race and heritage, disability, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, religion and culture. The awards will be for writers of talent whose work is likely to reach publishable standard, for the ultimate aim is to enable children to see themselves in the literature they are reading and meet published writers that they might wish to emulate.

How to Apply

The Awards are open for submissions from 1st April until 31st July each year.

To find out whether you’re eligible to apply and for terms and conditions please contact Vanessa Harbour for an application pack. Contact: vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk.

Please put DIVERSITY AWARDS APPLICATION PACK in the subject line.

The application pack will include the forms you need to complete. Along with the forms, please submit your first three chapters and a one-page synopsis.

Previous Winners

Heather Marks, Fetters of Gold, 2018

Claire Lake, The Silversmith’s Boy, 2017