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Take part in our inspiring women competition with Saqi Books!

We are proud to be partnering with independent publisher, Saqi Books to run a competition to win a copy of RISE by Maliha Abidi, plus a print from the book!

RISE celebrates the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. From the entrepreneur with a homemade marmalade business who went on to found Women’s World Banking, to the educator who built the first university in the world; and from the athlete who fled civil war on a sinking boat and then swam in the Olympics, to the first Black female astronaut, these trailblazers have risen above challenges to reach dizzying heights.

The competition

What we are looking for

  • A written profile: use 500 words to tell us about your chosen person and why you find
    them inspirational.


  • An artwork of your chosen person. You can create the artwork any way you like: it can
    be a drawing, painting, collage or photograph.

The prize

One written entry and one artwork will win a copy of the book RISE by Maliha Abidi and
a print of one of her illustrations!

How to enter

Entries must be emailed to by Friday 21 January 2022. Written entries can be sent as a Word document or written by hand and scanned. Artworks must be scanned or clearly photographed.

Looking for inspiration? Download a free extract from the book. If you would like to promote this opportunity to your library users or people who engage with your organisation, you can download a promotional poster here.


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