LONDON TEACHER Yvonne McLeod has been honored with the 2022 Creative Future Writers’ Awards (CFWA) for underrepresented writers.
McLeod’s winning story, Flibbertigibetinspired by his Jamaican heritage, is set on a slave plantation with themes of belonging, superstition and betrayal.
A former music journalist and children’s book reviewer, recognition is a particular feather in McLeod’s cap as her stock rises as an emerging writer.
Her work has been described by judge and best-selling novelist Dorothy Koomson as “something special”.
London-based Nigerian-American choreographer, poet and critic Oluwaseun Olayiwola and Dorset-based Nnadi Samuel were also honored this year.
Olayiwola was highly praised for his poem ‘there’s nothing like that black voice!’while Samuel won the Bronze Poetry Award for his poem based on real-life experiences of gun crimes.
Migration, belonging, human connections, resilience, and lived experiences of autism and gun crime are among the themes explored by the CFWA’s twelve winning entries.
With a mission to make publishing more diverse and representative of the world we live in, the CFWA has a proven track record of discovering and nurturing underrepresented talented new writers who have traditionally lacked opportunities due to health issues. mental health, disability, identity, health or social circumstances. .
Koomson enthused, “It’s such an honor to judge the Creative Future Writers’ Award again.
“I was blown away by the variety and depth of the pieces submitted. Each of the stories and poems that made the shortlist were entertaining, unique, and thought-provoking – something that is usually very difficult for writers to achieve at this point in their writing journey.
“Flibbertigibbet was something special.
“You are immediately drawn into the story, effected by the narrative, and transported to another world by the descriptive writing. I wanted to keep reading, to have more of this story. Just wonderful.
“Flibbertigibbet was a wonderful winner, although everyone on the shortlist would have made equally worthy winners. It’s such a brilliant prize and I’m grateful to be involved in it.
The winning submissions, along with the work of the 2022 Prize judges, are published in an anthology available in print (and in the future as an e-book), which can be purchased at – Anthologies – creative future.
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