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Catch-up with the latest Wasafiri news and look out for exciting events to add to your calendar.

From 'Prayer & Breath': A Short Film
Watch Jinling Wu's evocative short film interpretation of an excerpt of Nadine Aisha Jassat's poem 'Prayer & Breath', first published in Issue 108: House of Wisdom. My first words were a prayer: Lips pressed against the wooden shelf... The full poem is available to read in Issue 108:
Beyond Protest: Writing for Action
Wasafiri is excited to announce ‘Beyond Protest: Writing for Action’, an online writing workshop tutored by our Writer-in-Residence Jessica Gaitán Johannesson, taking place on 22 February, from 7-9pm, on Zoom.
Poetics of Home: A Chinese Diaspora Poetry Festival
In collaboration with the Institute of English Studies and Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, we are excited to announce a new online festival, Poetics of Home: A Chinese Diaspora Poetry Festival, taking place from 22 September - 6 October 2021. Click here to view the full programme of events.
Announcing Jessica Gaitán Johannesson as Wasafiri's new Writer-in-Residence
We're delighted to announce the appointment of our new Writer-in-Residence, the writer and climate justice activist Jessica Gaitán Johannesson.
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize partners with The Good Literary Agency
We’re delighted to announce an additional prize that will be awarded to this year’s Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize shortlist.
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You may have seen it lurking at the edges of articles, hashtagged at the end of tweets or cited in wider references to Wasafiri. It’s been stated, but adjacent, the guiding principle of all our activities over the past several months, but, perhaps, sometimes, a little bit quiet:
Susheila Nasta wins the Benson Medal
Photograph by Adrian Pope … On Monday 24 June, at an evening event at the Royal Society, Wasafiri’s founder and Editor-in-Chief, Susheila Nasta, joined E. M. Forster, Rebecca West, Wole Soyinka, Anita Desai, Nadine Gordimer, Diana Athill and Liz Calder among others…
Nick Makoha appointed as Wasafiri's Writer-in-Residence for 2019
The magazine of international contemporary writing, Wasafiri, is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Writer-in-Residence, the poet and playwright Nick Makoha.
Wasafiri launches special issue 'Korea: Divisions and Borders' at Korean Cultural Centre
In association with the Korean Cultural Centre and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, the launch of Wasafiri Special Issue 96 is to take place at the Korean Cultural Centre on 21st February 2019. The issue is on the theme 'Korea:
Winners of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018 announced
The 2018 Wasafiri New Writing Prize winners are announced with winners in the following categories: Fiction: ‘Plunder’ by Deirdre Shanahan; Poetry: ‘In the Garden Where the Gorgons Live’ by Daniella Shokoohi; Life Writing:
Bidisha in conversation with Nikesh Shukla at Queen Mary Writers Wasafiri Live
Wasafiri is collaborating with Queen Mary to bring together some of the most ground-breaking authors of the moment for discussion in front of an audience.
Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018 shortlist announced
Wasafiri is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018. This year the prize received over 800 entries from sixty different countries.
Wasafiri at Ilkley Literature Festival 2018
Susheila Nasta will be participating in two events and announcing the SI Leeds prizewinners at Ilkley Festival … Ilkley Literature Festival 2018, now in its 45th year, will take place over 17 days from Friday 28 September – Sunday 14 October.
Wasafiri appoints inaugural Writer in Residence Bidisha
The magazine of international contemporary writing, Wasafiri, is delighted to announce the appointment of our first Writer in Residence, the renowned writer, broadcaster and film-maker Bidisha.
Wasafiri launches its special issue ‘Refuge’ at Tate Exchange
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Winners of the Writeabridge poetry competition 2017 published on Wasafiri
Wasafiri has published the winners of this year's Writeabridge poetry competition.
Wasafiri Editor-In-Chief Susheila Nasta to judge SI Leeds Literary Prize
This year, Wasafiri Editor-in-Chief Susheila Nasta will be one of the judges of the SI Leeds Literary Prize.
Wasafiri Magazine is open for submissions
We are now open for submissions of articles, essays and interviews. Please read the full details below before submitting. Wasafiri is the leading UK-based magazine in the field of International Contemporary Writing.
Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018 is open for submissions
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Alfred Fagon Award Winners Announced
Alfred Fagon Award Winners Announced … The annual Awards took place at The Dorfman, National Theatre on Friday 8 December.
Competition: Suggest a Book to add to the English Literature Curriculum
Win 4 Issues of Wasafiri Magazine – Simply suggest a book to add to the English Literature Curriculum … You may have seen the recent debates about diversifying the English Literature Curriculum at both G.C.S.E. and A-Level. Which one book would you add to the curriculum?
Tessa McWatt Joint Winner of 2018 Eccles British Library Writer's Award
The winners of the 2018 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award are the novelist and short story writer Stuart Evers, and the author, librettist and screenwriter Tessa McWatt, who is also a Trustee at Wasafiri.
Anuk Arudpragasam wins The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017
The​ ​Story​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Brief​ ​Marriage​​ ​by​ ​Anuk​ ​Arudpragasam​ ​emerges​ ​as​ ​the​ ​winner​ ​from​ ​a​ ​shortlist​ ​of​ ​five to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​coveted​ ​US​ ​$25,000​ ​DSC​ ​Prize … 18t​h November 2017; Dhaka, Bangladesh :
November Events and Opportunities
DAVID T.K. WONG FELLOWSHIP … The David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship is a unique and generous annual award of £26,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
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