Back in 2018 Jacaranda Books and Words of Colour Productions announced their Twenty in 2020 initiative with a call for submissions. The aim was to celebrate black writing and provide black authors the opportunity to publish their work. Authors from three categories – fiction, non-fiction and poetry- were invited to submit their work for consideration and successful applicants would have their work published in 2020.


We were delighted to read recently that Jacaranda Books has selected their 20 authors and applaud them for providing this much-needed opportunity to promote black authors.


The Jacaranda Twenty in 2020 list is below:



Deadly Sacrifice by Stella Ahmadu
Of Mice and Men (working title) by DD Armstrong
Bad Love by Maame Blue
How to Make Sticky Finger Soup by Emmanuella Dekonor
If I Don’t Have You by Sareeta Domingo
The Street Hawkers Apprentice by Kabir Kareem-Bello
Love Again by Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm
Under Solomon Skies by Berni Sorga-Millwood
Black Star by Stephen Thompson
Lote by Shola von Rheinhold



Through the Leopards Gaze by Njambi McGrath
The Space Between Black and White by Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith
A Circle of Five by Harris Joshua
Are We Home Yet? by Kate Massey
Black History Walks by Tony Warner



Locating Strong Woman by Tolu Agbelusi
Jamakspeare by Brenda Garrick
The First Collection by Sarah Lipton-Sidibeh
Untitled by Hibaq Osman
On Reflection by Adjoa Wiredu


Please do look out for the publication of these books and show your support by promoting, purchasing and praising their achievements.

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