Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour was founded by Ben Aaronovitch, administered by Cityread and works in partnership with a number of publishers.
Ben Aaronovitch was a screenwriter for Doctor Who and a bookseller at Waterstones. He now writes full time, and every book in his Rivers of London series has been a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller. He is published in 14 languages and has sold more than 2 million copies around the world. Aaronovitch is also a trustee on the board of Cityread London and is a long-time supporter of Nigeria’s premiere arts and cultural festival, The Aké Festival. He still lives in London, the city he likes to refer to as “the capital of the world”.
Cityread is a registered charity that promotes reading for pleasure and supports public libraries. Previous Cityread initiatives include Cityread London, an annual month-long literature festival delivered in partnership with library services in all 32 London boroughs plus Luton, Reading and. Launched in 2012, it ran for eight years and featured books including Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, and Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik.
The prize is project managed by Sarah Shaffi, a freelance literary journalist and editor. Her work has appeared in publications including Stylist, Vogue Australia, Boundless and The New Arab. Sarah was a judge for the Jhalak Prize 2019 and for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020, and served as managing editor at Penguin.co.uk. She is editor-at-large at independent children’s publisher Little Tiger Group. She regularly chairs author events, and is co-founder of BAME in Publishing, a networking group for people of colour in publishing.
Gollancz is the oldest specialist SF and Fantasy publisher in the UK. Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, this imprint of the Orion Publishing Group is home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors.
Pan Macmillan is the UK general book publishing arm of the Macmillan Group, which operates in over 70 countries. Pan Macmillan was named Publisher of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards in 2015, in 2017 and in 2020.
Pan Macmillan’s Tor imprint has a reputation for out-of-this-world fiction in the UK and beyond. Pan Macmillan’s bestselling and award-winning genre authors include Douglas Adams, Zen Cho, Genevieve Cogman, Peter F. Hamilton, Lucy Holland, Arkady Martine, Naomi Novik, Christopher Paolini, John Scalzi and Adrian Tchaikovsky. You can find out more at @UKTor.
Orbit is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Little, Brown Book Group. Launched in 1974, it is long-established as one of the leading SFF imprints in the UK. Orbit UK authors include the international bestselling and award-winning James S. A. Corey, N. K. Jemisin, Brent Weeks, Robert Jordan, Iain M. Banks, Ann Leckie, Tade Thompson, Jim Butcher, Terry Brooks, Trudi Canavan, Anthony Ryan, Fonda Lee, Claire North, RJ Barker, C. L. Polk and Tasha Suri. Find out more at @orbitbooks.
Del Rey UK is the home of adult and crossover science fiction, fantasy and horror at Penguin Random House UK. Home to many of the most exciting and imaginative breakout authors in SFF, it is the publisher of established bestselling authors including, Naomi Novik, Andy Weir, Max Brooks and many fresh new voices and debut authors. It is also the official publisher of a number of film and TV franchise fiction and non-fiction tie-ins for Star Wars, Stranger Things, Minecraft, Critical Roll and more. It uses its enthusiasm and expertise to bring great storytelling on all kinds of subjects to as many people as possible, finding new audiences, telling brilliant new stories and reaching for the stars.
HarperVoyager is the home of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and YA at HarperCollins. It publishes giants such as George R.R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist, and Robin Hobb, bestsellers such as Peter V. Brett, Mark Lawrence, Jay Kristoff, and Sabaa Tahir, and classic fiction by all-time greats such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, and Ray Bradbury. It is also proud of its commitment to developing the brightest new talents such as S.A. Chakraborty, Tessa Gratton, Anna Stephens, Anna Smith Spark, Peng Shepherd, R.F. Kuang and many more.