I’ve often wished that the children’s and YA world had the strong  short fiction scene that adult fiction has. It can be tough writing novel after novel with no agent or publisher on board – short fiction, aside from its own real value as a distinct art form, provides a chance to gain publication credits and writing experience for new writers. Now Stripes is helping to develop that scene, with a focus on BAME voices:

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/stripes-publish-bame-ya-anthology-457056

“The theme of the book is ‘change’ and the purpose of the book is to represent and celebrate diverse voices. However, the authors have been given the freedom to “interpret the theme however they are inspired to do so”, according to Stripes.

Contributors will also include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Ayisha Malik and Irfan Master, as well as unpublished and un-agented writers who can submit their stories via the website. Any BAME writers who want to submit must send a 2,000-5,000 word story to editorial@stripespublishing.co.uk by 28th February. More details can be found on the Stripes website. “

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