Launched in 2022, the ADCI (Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses) Literary Prize seeks to encourage greater positive representation of disability in literature.
Founded by author Penny Batchelor and publisher Clare Christian together with the Society of Authors, the prize is generously sponsored by Arts Council England, ALCS, the Drusilla Harvey Memorial Fund, and the Professional Writing Academy.
Open to authors with a disability and/or chronic illness, the prize will call for entries of novels which include a disabled or chronically ill character or characters. The ADCI Literary Prize has a prize fund of £2,000.
The ADCI Literary Prize will re-open for submissions in summer 2023
The 2023 ADCI Literary Prize Shortlist
Deborah Jenkins for Braver published by Fairlight Books
Fiona Scott-Barrett for The Exit Facility (self-published)
Nicola Griffith for Spear published by Tordotcom Publishing
“It was a real pleasure to encounter such a range of works vying for this prize. There was a wide variety of subject matter and tone. In some cases, disability representation felt like the central purpose of the work. In others, disability was one of several elements woven into the story. This made comparing the novels tricky but interesting. I was very grateful to be able to work with Nii and Penny.”
—Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, 2023 ADCI Literary Prize judge
If you are interested in buying any of the books shortlisted here, please visit Bookshop.org. A percentage of each sale will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.