AUGUST 2022 NEWSLETTER

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OWN IT! launches the New Voices Award 2022

In partnership with Amazon Publishing

This competition is aimed at unagented writers from traditionally under-represented backgrounds, to address issues around inclusion and representation in commercial fiction.

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For the chance to win:

  • £3,500 cash prize
  • Mentoring from an OWN IT! agent
  • Detailed editorial feedback from an Amazon UK editor

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For any queries surrounding the competition, please email newvoicesaward@ownit.london


OWN IT! AGENCY NEWS


Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

Has both won and been shortlisted for several brilliant awards, including the Indie Book Awards, the Peoples Book PrizeBritish Book Awards: Book of the Year Fiction DebutGordon Burn Prize and Bad Form: Book of the Year.

Get your copy of Mrs Death Misses Death here
Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted by her job and now seeks someone to unburden her conscience to.

She meets Wolf, a troubled young writer, who – enthralled by her stories – begins to write Mrs Death’s memoirs. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced (or facilitated), their friendship flourishes. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans’ fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her . . .


OWN IT! PUBLISHING NEWS


Footage is now available from the Sasha Knight publication day launch, check out our YouTube channel to see more OWN IT! content.

SASHA KNIGHT by
SEAN GODFREY

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE ANIMATED BOOK TRAILER

This coming-of-age novel alternates between past and present and shifts back and forth from Jamaica and the United States, picking apart the puzzle left behind when 11-year-old Sasha disappears.

Portraying the perils of toxic masculinity and the damaging effects of emotional trauma. Touching on religion and the deep-seated class and colour divide in Jamaican society, this is a genre-bending mashup that shakes the senses and tears at the heart.

GET YOUR COPY HERE


WHAT’S GOING ON THIS MONTH?



The Royal College of Art has partnered with Samuel Ross for the Samuel Ross Black British Artist Grant Programme in 2022.

The scheme offers ten grants of £2,500 in support of Black British artists with applications welcomed across a range of art and design disciplines.

The programme’s central focus remains increasing access, visibility and integration across the creative industries for those from marginalised communities, with specific focus placed on industrial design, graphic design, fine art, furniture, sculpture and fashion – areas where opportunity has been historically scarce for the Black British community.

Click here for more info and to apply.

JULY 2022 NEWSLETTER

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OWN IT! AGENCY NEWS

ANNOUNCEMENT

A RIVER CALLED TIME by Courttia Newland

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD

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ANNOUNCEMENT

KEEPING THE HOUSE by Tice Cin

SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOT PRIZE


Sian Anderson DJ’s the Main Stage at Wireless Festival 2022

We are so proud of the talented Sian Anderson, who DJ’d the Main Stage Wireless this month.

Click here to check out a sneak peek at some footage from the festival

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Poet, Lemn Sissay, with the help of London’s Foundling Museum, has gathered 59 athletes/artists/CEOs & others who, like him, spent part of their childhoods in care.

Including author of That Reminds Me, Derek Owusu.


Ewan McGregor speaks to GQ magazine about his iconic character from Trainspotting

Ewan McGregor speaks on one of the most iconic characters from one of the most iconic films in British Cinema, Trainspotting, and how his character was partially inspired by Ray Shell’s character, Cornelius Washington, from his cult classic book, Iced.

Click here to watch the full video


OWN IT! ANNOUNCEMENTS
We are excited to announce two new team members joining the OWN IT! Family

Ella Falk
Ella is OWN IT!’s new Literary Assistant, she is a recent first-class History graduate of Queen Mary University of London and is passionate about bringing underrepresented stories to the forefront.

Fahad Al Amoudi
Fahad is a writer and editor based in London. He is the winner of the White Review Poets Prize 2022 and has been shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poets Prize.


Announcement

Reggie Nelson’s Opening Doors work experience programme leads to full-time job for its first candidate, Isabella Boyne, at our first partners of this brilliant initiative, Bonnier Books UK.

Reggie Nelson commented: “Opening Doors for me is more than just a book, it’s something I continuously want to do going forward, provide more opportunities and open more doors for other people. The aim was to create a work experience scheme, to know that Isabella impressed so much that she was offered a full-time role goes to show that there’s talent everywhere, we’ve just got to be intentional and find it.”

The first candidate on the pioneering Opening Doors initiative – is now joining Bonnier Books UK full-time as an editorial assistant supporting their crime and thriller list!!

We are so proud of Reggie Nelson and his brilliant Opening Doors Initiative, of which Bonnier Books UK were the first partners of.

This fully paid 4-week work experience programme is aimed at helping candidates from an underrepresented background take their first steps on the path to a career in publishing (and soon other industries).

Follow @openingdoors_uk on Instagram to stay in the loop for all future updates on the initiative.


OWN IT! PUBLISHING NEWS


MC and writer Shauna O’Briain aka MC Angel discusses the realness of her narratives on The Sassy Show Podcast.

As a performer and rapper, Shauna has made a name for herself on the UK music scene and with her debut memoir Moments of Significance.

Click here to check out the Podcast episode.

Click here to get your copy of Moments of Significance.


LISTEN UP…

This OWN IT! curated playlist is inspired by Sean Godfrey’s debut novel #SashaKnight.

Taking you on a journey through Matthew’s life, as he searches for his best friend and for a way to cope with the fact that she is still missing after 24 years.

Listen…look…and look again closer… #WhereIsSashaKnight?


Click here to download the audiobook


Endless Fortune by Ify Adenuga

Click here to download the audiobook

We are so excited to launch The New Voices Award competition, in partnership with Amazon Publishing – to address issues around inclusion and representation in commercial fiction.

This competition is for un-agented and under-represented writers based in the UK.

#NewVoicesAward

OWN IT! has a strong reputation for our commitment to finding and supporting up-and-coming talent.

We care about contributing to creating an ecosystem where universal stories can come from a truly representative community of eclectic voices and diversity is measured through creativity. However, we understand that to do this, we first need a more level playing field so that all writers from all backgrounds feel valued and are given equal opportunities.

The team at Amazon Publishing is passionate about connecting readers with great books. This competition allows the team to work outside typical channels to discover writers who can bring a fresh and distinct perspective to commercial fiction. Amazon Publishing is especially keen for the opportunity to connect with under-represented writers from around the world.

So what are you waiting for? Send us YOUR story. #BecauseStoriesAreLife

Sasha Knight Book Launch – Vox Pop with founder of Geroff Limited Animation Studio

Animator of the Sasha Knight Book Trailer, and founder of Geroff Limited Animation Studio, talks about the project and reacts to the #SashaKnight publication book launch, hosted by OWN IT! in partnership with Museum of Youth Culture Shop.

Sasha Knight is the debut novel from Sean Godfrey, alternating between past and present and shifting back and forth from Jamaica and the United States, SASHA KNIGHT picks apart the puzzle left behind when 11-year-old Sasha disappears. Portraying the perils of toxic masculinity and the damaging effects of emotional trauma. Touching on religion and the deep-seated class and colour divide in Jamaican society, this is a genre-bending mashup that shakes the senses and tears at the heart.

Museum of Youth Culture Shop: https://shop.museumofyouthculture.com/

Geroff Limited Animation Studio: https://www.geroff.com/