Pluto Press is proud to partner with the Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF) and the Pluto Educational Trust (PET) to launch the annual non-fiction Walter Rodney Writing Prize for women and non-binary first-time authors from Africa or the Caribbean.
The prize will celebrate the extraordinary life and work of Guyanese writer and political activist Walter Rodney, while reflecting and advancing the impact of Rodney’s thinking on scholars and organisers.
We’re excited to announce the prize judges: Poet, reggae icon and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, writer, activist and historian Stella Dadzie and feminist and academic Dzodzi Tsikata.
The winner of the prize will receive a £4,000 writing grant, alongside access to Pluto, PET, and WRF’s combined global network of contacts. Their debut book will be published by Pluto Press.
‘We share the united vision of working towards the inclusion of all people of Africa and the Caribbean in global conversations and to explore and support platforms for these voices to be heard. This collaboration will serve as a model for future activities, and we are excited to build a long lasting partnership and legacy through literary works’
Pat, Asha and Shaka Rodney, of the Walter Rodney Foundation
‘We share a rigorous commitment to internationalist politics, so this collaboration is an excellent fit. Walter Rodney was a giant of the anticolonial movement. We are very excited to see the writing that emerges from this and are delighted to be working towards the broader aim of platforming more voices from the Global South – and most importantly, to be providing the support that enables these writers to be published in the first place. We also know that women and non-binary people in particular still face many barriers to the world of non-fiction publishing’
Neda Tehrani, Editor at Pluto Press
‘With this annual prize, we will support yet-to-be-published writers in the tradition of Rodney who, in turn, will inspire others to put their knowledge in the service of radical praxis’
Fiona Dove, PET Trustee
Submissions are now open!
Prospective applicants should download the submission guidelines.
Submissions should comprise of a proposal alongside sample writing, and writers should demonstrate the influence of Walter Rodney’s ideas on their own work.
Submissions for the 2022 prize will close on 31st December (11.59pm GMT).
We wish all applicants the best of luck.