Several of us spent yesterday bemoaning the appalling state of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) representation in UK YA. It started with this tweet:

And ended, more or less, in this depressing one, though I suppose we can take small comfort in the fact that it trended in Twitter moments.

Today, some good news on this front at least: Stripes is publishing an anthology of BAME YA writers. The call for submissions is not restricted to previously published writers, so this is a great opportunity for new and emerging talent to be spotted and highlighted.

But, c’mon, UK publishing: it’s not enough to import diverse lit from the USA. Do better with homegrown talent please.

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