2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

Women’s crime writing organization Sisters in Crime announced Jessica Ellis Laine as the winner of their Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. This annual prize honors a “writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work”

According to the press release:

We received numerous exceptional submissions from a diverse group of emerging mystery writers,” said Naomi Hirahara, a member of the judging panel. “We had a difficult time deliberating, but in the end, it was Jessica Ellis Laine’s humor and authentic characterization of her Latina protagonist that won us over. We are excited to see mysteries written by Laine and other applicants fulfill our genre’s potential to reflect the wide range of human experiences.”

The award, which honors the memory of pioneering African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland . . . is intended to support the recipient in activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and retreats, online courses, and research activities required for completion of their debut crime fiction novel or story collection.

Be on the lookout for manuscripts from these writers! We are. For more information, visit the Sisters in Crime website.

 

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