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.
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
The OWN IT! team is growing 🌱
Fahad Al-Amoudi 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.
Fahad is joining the team as Publishing Editorial Assistant 💥
The OWN IT! team is growing 🌱
Introducing Ella, OWN IT!’s new Agency 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.
SASHA KNIGHT – A NOVEL BY SEAN GODFREY
THE ANIMATED TRAILER
Everyone seems convinced that Sasha has simply run away.
On the days when he can’t hear her…Matthew believes it too.
Animated by Geroff My Visuals, with music by Cuba (OWN IT!’s co-founder and Creative Director, Jason Morgan), the trailer gives a sneak peek into the world of Sasha Knight.
The debut novel by Sean Godfrey picks apart the puzzle left behind when 11-year-old Sasha disappears. This coming-of-age novel, alternates between past and present, shifting back and forth from Jamaica and the United States.
Portraying the perils of toxic masculinity and the damaging effects of emotional trauma, whilst 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.
We understand that there are many people who have spent years walking past book shops, believing that there isn’t a story in there, for them.
For a long time, traditional publishing has strayed away from finding and publishing under-represented and marginalised voices, with a belief that there is not an audience for them. These days, publishers will look at an author and take into consideration whether their following on social media is large enough to add support to the publication of a book. This type of thinking leads to many brilliant voices going unheard.
Our open submission policy means that we accept unsolicited manuscripts from anyone and everyone, no agent needed. Through this method, we have the opportunity to find a story that we love, for the story. Because the story is at the heart of everything we do. Because Stories Are Life. As Sean Godfrey is a debut author, with no social media following, we had to think innovatively about ways to get Sasha Knight out into the world. We hope that this trailer will attract readers who might not even be aware that they are readers.
A QR code to the trailer will be included on the back cover of Hardback copies of Sasha Knight. This will give shoppers a chance to scan the code with their mobile and watch the trailer instantly. Adding another layer to the book-browsing experience, and giving readers a sort of visual book-blurb to take in and decide if Sasha Knight will make it to their bookshelf.
QUOTES FOR SASHA KNIGHT:
‘Vivid, powerful, and moving, teeming with rich period detail, Sasha Knight is an astute debut from a writer completely at home on the page. This book is full of love, not just for Sasha Knight, but Jamaica as a whole. Seriously impressive stuff.’ Courttia Newland, Author of A River Called Time
‘Godfrey has crafted a whole host of characters and a world that feels new, but somehow familiar. I flew through the pages. Candice Carty-Williams, Author of Sunday Times Bestseller People Person
‘Sean Godfrey is a brilliant and breath-taking writer, Sasha Knight is profoundly tender and vivid, it is a tremendous story of love and loss and much more…‘ Salena Godden, Author of Mrs Death Misses Death
‘Sasha Knight is a masterful piece of writing. Painful, playful, complex, evocative and wonderfully realised. Sean Godfrey’s novel is set in Jamaica and America, but has relevance across the globe. This is an absolute must-read. Yvonne Bailey-Smith, author of The Day I Fell off my Island
‘What a delight, a moving delight. I read this book twice, started it over as soon as I closed the last page.‘ Colin Channer, Author of The Girl with the Golden Shoes
‘A masterclass of storytelling. Godfrey has that special ability of bringing a story to life so much that it lives in you, long after you’ve finished reading it. JJ Bola, Author of The Selfless Act of Breathing
‘Fiercely endearing. An accomplished and absorbing debut written with real heart and great depth. This profoundly mesmeric novel deserves to be found, embraced, and loved by many. One of the best stories you’ll read this year.’ Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Author of Your Show.
‘A sublime story, showcasing a magnificent mind. Sasha Knight is immediately infatuating, leading you through a multi-layered journey of two unique characters.‘ Jude Yawson, Co-Author of Stormzy’s Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far
‘A brilliantly absorbing read with indelible character.’ Irenosen Okojie MBE, Author of Nudibranch