Literary Prize Juries

Selected 


2019  Polari Book Prize for LGBTQ+ fiction

2019  Anthony Burgess/ Observer Prize for Arts Journalism

2019  Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

2018 Panel: 40 new Fellows under 40 for the Royal Society of Literature

2018 (annual) Chair: The Brunel Int. African Poetry Prize 

2018 Isis magazine Writing Competition, Oxford University

2018  The Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition

2018  Geneva Writers Prize (Switzerland)

2017  (annual) Chair Brunel Int. African Poetry Prize

2016  Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize

2016  The Goldsmiths Prize for innovative fiction

2016  The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets (USA)

2016  (annual) Chair: The Brunel Int. African Poetry Prize 

2015  Prairie Schooner First Book Prize (USA)

2015  Costa Best Novel Award & Costa Book of the Year

2015  First Story National Writing Competition

2015 (annual) Chair: The Brunel Int. African Poetry Prize 

2014  OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Poetry (Trinidad)

2014  Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, USA

2014  (annual) Chair: The Brunel Int. African Poetry Prize 

2013  Golden Baobab Prize, Ghana (Short stories for African children)

2013  Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets (USA)

2013. (annual) Chair: The Brunel Int. African Poetry Prize 

2012  Founder & Chair of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize

2012  The Poetry Society’s Poetry News competition

2012  Chair: The Caine Prize for African Fiction

2012  Chair: The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

2011  The Peacock Poetry Prize (Brighton Festival)

2010 TS Eliot Prize (Poetry)

2010 Alfred Fagan Award – (Black plays)

2010 Orange Award for New Writers (Women’s fiction)

2009 Muslim Writers Awards with Penguin (Fiction)

2008 Decibel Penguin Prize (Fiction)

2007 Northern Rock Writers’ Award  (Fiction & Poetry)

2006 The National Poetry Competition

2004 The Next Generation Top 20 List, organised by PBS and Poetry Society

1997  Ian St. James’ Award (Fiction)