Jason Jawando began writing seriously in 2002, while studying as a Literature undergraduate. Initially, he concentrated on poetry, having a few poems published online. The highlight was undoubtedly a comedy limerick, which won a competition organised by the BBC.
Over the next few years, he discovered that his off-kilter sense of humour and eye for the absurd were better suited to prose fiction. He published a number of short-stories, and in 2006 his story ‘Countries of the Mind’ was awarded first prize in a competition organised by the National Academy of Writing, with a judging panel that included novelist Nicola Monaghan and biographer Roger Lewis.
Following graduation with a first class degree, Jason began to concentrate on longer-form pieces, as well as moving into drama. In 2015 he took part in Write Away, a short course for playwrights run by Birmingham Rep. This lead to a rehearsed reading of his short play ‘Release Date’ which took place in December 2015. In 2018, he completed an MA in Creative Writing and was awarded a Merit.
Jason has also contributed music and book reviews to online and print-based magazines.
Awards and Prizes:
2006 National Academy of Writing ‘Countries of the Mind’ Competition Winner
2004 BBC Great Writing Limerick Competition Winner
2009 Wolverhampton College Short Fiction Competition Runner up
2013 Words Magazine Trades Union Short Story Competition Highly Commended
2005 Words Magazine Trades Union Short Story Competition Final Shortlist
Selected Publications and Performances:
March 2019 Who Are We Now? ‘The Common Touch’
July 2018: Arts Foundry ‘Out and About‘
December 2017: Bandit Fiction ‘Confusion‘
December 2017: Prole (issue 24) ‘After the Revolution’
December 2015: Birmingham Rep ‘Release Date’ (Rehearsed Reading)
May 2012: The Occupied Times ‘Why We Need Real Stakeholders’
September 2011: Ranfurly Review ‘To the Jubilee’
June 2011: Crannog ‘Devastation’
2006: National Academy of Writing ‘Countries of the Mind’