SO excited to be judging this!


Please see the FULL 24 books that make up the Longlist  in the category "Diverse Book Awards LongList" on our website or use the searchbar to search for the following titles below!


Children’s Fiction


Son of the Circus by E. L. Norry 
My Hair by Hannah Lee, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan 
Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik 
The Mysterious Melody by SP K-Mushambi, illustrated by Kudzai Gumbo 
The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf 
Tin Boy by Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal 
Toad Attack by Patrice Lawrence, illustrated by Becka Moor 
What Can We Be? by Ryan Crawford, illustrator Kayla Coombs 


Young Adult Fiction


All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman 

Becoming Dinah by Kit De Waal 
Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung

 Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 
The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla 
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Tunnels Below by Nadine Wild-Palmer 


Adult Fiction

A Book of Secrets by Kate Morrison 
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

 Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma

Golden Child by Claire Adam 
Living The Dream by Isabelle Dupuy
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik




The Diverse Book Awards Longlist Announced


Inaugural award recognising diversity & inclusivity in UK children’s, YA and adult fiction books shines spotlight on the positive steps taken by publishing


More than fifty submissions were received for the first ever Diverse Book Awards created by writing community The Author School (


The shortlist will be revealed at the end of September and the winners in each category announced in October.


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


Abiola Bello, co-founder of The Author School and prize-winning author, adds: “Through The Diverse Book Awards I have discovered new diverse books and authors that I hadn’t previously been aware of. I hope that the longlist inspires others to discover new talent too. The conversation around diversity in publishing has stepped up a level over recent months, at a time when we were shouting out for submissions to The Diverse Book Awards.


The longlist represents the work that has been done already within publishing and showcases that it is truly is possible for diverse and inclusive books to be the ‘norm’ rather than ‘exception’. We hope that encouraging publishers and authors to write more diverse and inclusive books - and enter them into next year’s awards - will be a positive step forward for the publishing industry in this country.”


Sponsored by Pen & Inc CILIP's magazine and listings guide to celebrate diversity and inclusion in children's publishing (, Hashtag BLAK, the new diverse and inclusive traditional imprint under Hashtag Press (, bookshop This Is Book Love ( and award-winning book publicity agency Literally PR (


The judges are:
14-year-old Rebekah Banda from South-East London
15-year-old Alicia Cruz from North-West London (Rebekah and Alicia will only judge the Children’s and YA)
Luisa María Negret, Hashtag BLAK Commissioning Editor


Samantha Williams, Founder of This is Book Love


Rob Green, Editor of Pen & Inc


Caroline Fielding, Chair of the CILIP Youth Libraries Group London committee


Rob Green, Pen & Inc editor, says: “The Diverse Book Awards are such a great thing for us to be involved with. We know that there is a wealth of great talent out there, but many of them face real barriers to getting their work seen and published.


The Diverse Book awards will remove some of those barriers, and I'm really excited by the prospect of discovering some fantastic stories and characters.”


The three winners from each category will receive a bundle of prizes including a trophy, a six- month PR and marketing membership of Literally PR’s ‘100 Club’, This Is Book Love bookshop listing, editorial in Pen & Inc, the opportunity to be part of an author panel event to be hosted by The Author School and to be part of the Margate Bookie online festival program in November alongside Helen Lewis and Abiola Bello.




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