New Scottish writing prize announced
10 January 2022
A new Scottish literary prize was launched on 10 January aimed
at celebrating published work and new writing by Scotland's
ethnically diverse communities.
The Kavya Prize, in association with the
University of Glasgow, seeks to encourage Scottish
black, indigenous, and people of colour writers - either living in
Scotland or abroad.
The inaugural prize for full-length published works of fiction,
creative non-fiction, poetry or short story collections will be
awarded in May 2022 and is worth £1000.
Kavya is a popular and well recognised word in Sanskrit and
refers to a literary style or a completed body of literature that
was used in Indian courts of the Maharajahs who nurtured the
cultural arts in India.
The prize is the brainchild of Indian-born Scottish author
Leela Soma, who said: "The Kavya Prize in Scotland
seeks to encourage diverse voices and shift the gaze of the
literary scene from decades of the 'norm' to become more inclusive.
The need for recognising diverse voices in a multicultural Scotland
is long overdue.
"To reflect our rainbow nation in our books will encourage the
young 'new Scots' to access, participate and contribute to
mainstream Scottish literature. Starting this Prize in the Year of
Stories Scotland 2022 is an important milestone for writers of
Dr Zoe Strachan, a Reader in Creative Writing at the University
of Glasgow, said: "Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow
strives to encourage a community of writers and readers that
reaches far beyond our cohort and alumni.
"We are honoured that Leela approached us about the Kavya Prize,
and hope that it will become an important and treasured part of the
Scottish literary scene as well as an aspiration for our talented
students and graduates.
"We look forward to developing more opportunities for new
writers in association with the enthusiastic supporters of the
prize - and, of course, to seeing who will be on the shortlist in
For more information including how to enter, see the University of Glasgow website.