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The Book of Night Women

The Book of Night Women

Author(s): Marlon James

Location(s): Jamaica

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Late 18th century

This is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century.

Even at her birth, the Night Women – a clandestine council of fierce slaves plotting an island-wide revolt – recognise a dark force in her that they treat with both reverence and fear.

But as Lilith comes of age and begins to understand her own feelings and identity, she dares to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman. And as rebellions simmer and unspoken jealousies intensify, Lilith’s powers and sense of purpose threaten not just her own destiny, but the destinies of all the slave women in Jamaica.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021