This year we gave our second ever YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award to Stripes Publishing and the authors of its brilliant anthology A Change is Gonna Come to recognise the work they are doing to improve inclusivity in UK YA.

Dawson to curate LGBTQ+ anthology for Stripes

The authors, which include Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Simon James Green, David Levithan and Jess Vallance, are being asked to interpret the theme of “pride” however they are inspired to do so, but the overall tone of the book will be one of celebration, said Stripes.

Byrne and Chok join Jhalak Prize judges

Authors Sunny Singh and Catherine Johnson are returning to the judging panel for the second Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year By a Writer of Colour, joined by fellow writers Noo Saro-Wiwa, Tanya Byrne and Vera Chok.