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20 Jul

Award-winning Author, Yvvette Edwards, to judge George Floyd Short Story Competition

Yvvette Edwards, the author of ‘A Cupboard Full of Coats’ and ‘The Mother,’ is to judge Nottingham Writers’ Studio’s inaugural ‘Black Lives: The George Floyd Short Story Competition.’

The free-to-enter event is currently open for submissions until August 15th with Ms Edwards then choosing the three best stories to win £250, £125 and £75 respectively. The three winners, along with any stories Ms Edwards ‘highly regards,’ will be published in the upcoming anthology ‘Black Lives.’

Ms Edwards, said, “I’m thrilled to have been asked to judge. I’m looking forward to reading powerful and inclusive writing from a diverse spectrum of voices, that illuminates these intense times and what it means to be a writer in the Black Lives Matter era.”

The award-winning author will also be contributing a yet-untitled original short story to the anthology alongside Diriye Osman, author of ‘Fairytales for Lost Children,’ new work ‘Butterfly Jungle.’

Alan Walker, Chairman of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio said, “The aim of this competition is to commemorate the life of George Floyd and shine a spotlight on the BAME community and their stories. We feel you can’t get a bigger beacon than Yvvette Edwards and are truly honoured she is judging our event.”

The competition is open to all, but writers of colour are ‘strongly encouraged’ to apply. Any money raised from the sale of the ‘Black Lives’ anthology will be donated to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Further information can be found on the Studio’s website –

Additional information:

Yvvette Edwards is a British novelist born in London, England, of Caribbean heritage. Her first novel, A Cupboard Full of Coats, was published in 2011 to much acclaim and prize nominations that included the Man Booker Prize longlist and the Commonwealth Book Prize shortlist.

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a community interest group providing a home for creatives in the East Midlands offering social events, mentorships and workshops.

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