Read The Diverse Book Awards Longlist

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Book awards season is in full swing now, with the announcement of the Diverse Book Awards longlist coming hot on the heels of the Booker longlist earlier this week.

To add even more excitement to this particular announcement, this is the first ever Diverse Book Awards longlist!

Writing community The Author School created the prize to showcase the talent of marginalised voices in British fiction back in November 2019.

“The level of interest in The Diverse Book Awards in its first year has been unprecedented,” Helen Lewis, co-founder of The Author School and book publicist at Literally PR, says.

“We are thrilled with the number of high quality submissions from publishing houses—big and small—as well as self-published authors and hybrid publishers.

“We really hope that next year brings even more self-published authors and indie publishers into the spotlight because it is often those who are pushing the boundaries of diversity and inclusivity in fiction.”

It’s great to see authors get recognition for all their hard work.

But, if you’re like us here at the “Friend”, these lists are also a great place to pick up your next great read!

The list

Children’s Literature

Young Adult


Have you read any of these? Which do you think should pick up an award?

Why not let the judges know on Twitter using #TheDBAwards!

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Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.