Christopher Al-Aswad (re)Prize

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On Friday, we will be announcing the winner of the eight Christopher Al-Aswad Prize. The Christopher Al-Aswad Prize is awarded for outstanding contribution to breaking down barriers in literature and between literature and other arts. Chris Al-Aswad, who died in July 2010 aged just 31, was the genius behind Escape Into Life, a site that built thousands of artists and writers together into a community infused with his generosity, compassion, creativity and vision. It recognises individuals, projects, and organisations whose work to bring down barriers reflects his ideals. 

Take a moment to look back over the shortlisted candidates and give them all the support they richly deserve.


In more detail

#amwriting is a hashtag on twitter that brings together tousands of writers on twitter into a sharing, supportive, creative community. Its highly informal origins have grown, thanks to the passion, tirelessness, and selflessness of Johanna Harness, into a flourishing creative community.

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And Other Stories

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And Other Stories is a new way of publishing, collectively owned by its partners who buy in to get a say in all things editorial. Its purpose, to bring previously untranslated fiction to our shelves, is wonderful, and the enthusiasm with which it is executed through live readings is inspirational

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The Fiction Project

In more detail

Public participation is everywhere at the moment, but this is the very best of all. Art House Co-operative sent out a moleskine to everyone who signed up, to fill as they pleased provided they mixed art and words, and return, to form a permanent exhibit at the Brooklyn Library. 778 people took up the challenge, creating an incredible archive in perpetuity.

Hip Hop Gives Back

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Hip Hop Gives Back brings the hip hop community together, celebrating its culture, and giving back to the communities from which it sprung, empowering and changing them from within.

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Sabina England

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Sabina England is a writer, a playwright whose work has been performed on both side of the Atlantic, and a filmmaker behind the brilliant Velma Sabina YouTube show. She is also deaf, her videos entirely signed. She is also a Muslim. And a punk. All of which are integral to her work. She is an inspirational role model, but she is so much more than that.

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sad red earth

In more detail

sad red earth is a project set up by writer A Jay Adler, and photographer Julia Dean, who travel the States meticulously archiving a Native American culture in danger of being silenced and lost forever.

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7 Responses to Christopher Al-Aswad (re)Prize

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  2. #amwriting gets my vote. Yes, I know I don’t have a vote – but, hey, I have an opinion and I’m prepared to use it 🙂

    For me Johanna’s enterprise wins because of her open-handed, open-hearted and inclusive attitude to all her fellow writers. What a wonderful and extensive community she has created. The other short listers are all commendable but their reach and appeal just can’t quite match #amwriting.

    Me and my opinions are now retiring for the night.

    Oidhche Mhath, Good Night


  3. danholloway says:

    Thank you! Yes, I didn’t want to make this a popularity contest because that’s counter to what the award stands for, and the kind of people/projects I would be happy shortlisting are the kind who would be uncomfortable promoting themselves – they’re too busy doing things for other people. But I absolutely want to hear opinions – most of all, I’ve been amazed and delighted at the stories I’ve been told in relation to so many of these nominees both online and off.

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