Second former Megaphone mentee wins Jhalak Children’s and YA prize!

It never rains but it pours GOOD news, apparently! I’m thrilled to hear that Danielle Jawando – whose first novel was also widely celebrated – has gone on to win the Jhalak Prize Children’s and YA section with her wonderful second novel for teenagers, When Our Worlds Collided. Amazingly, last year the Jhalak Prize was also won by one of our former mentees: Maisie Chan! Both were on the very first Megaphone back in 2016 and it’s been amazing to see their careers hit the ground running and just keep going!

This feels like a great moment to shout out to our funders and core supporters who have made the Megaphone Writer Development scheme possible over the past few years: Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, The Publishers’ Association, Usborne Publishing, Writing West Midlands, and in 2023/4, the Authors Licencing and Collecting Society. Not to mention the individual authors, editors, agents and other who have donated either money or time to make it all happen. THANK YOU!

Published by Leila from Megaphone

Writer and runs Megaphone: a writer development scheme for people of colour who want to write for children. Tweets @MegaphoneWrite and @LeilaR

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