2020 Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Winner
Sisters in Crime has announced the 2020 winner of the annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. Yasmin McClinton of Columbia, S.C., took home the award for her novel-in-progress. The award, which is presented in memory of pioneering African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland, comes with a $2,000 grant to an emerging writer of color. It was created in 2014 to support Sisters in Crime's "vision to serve as the voice for excellence and diversity in crime writing." The grant is intended to help the recipient complete a debut or early-career work of crime fiction, and the winner may use the grant for any purpose, including developmental opportunities such as workshops, conferences and retreats, online courses, or research activities and travel. In addition, the organization expanded this year's Eleanor Taylor Award to also provide funded memberships for five runners-up.