‘Launched in 2007, The Desmond Elliott Prize has quickly become established as the premier prize for new fiction.
Every year, a panel of three judges are asked to look for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting characters and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. Books from all fiction genres are considered.
Worth £10,000 to the winner, the Prize is intended to support new writers and to celebrate their fiction. It was created in memory of the charismatic publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in August 2003. He stipulated that his estate should be invested in a charitable trust that would fund a literary award “to enrich the careers of new writers”.’
This year’s longlist comprises:
The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison (Granta)
Idiopathy by Sam Byers (Fourth Estate)
Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy (Picador)
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (HarperCollins)
Sedition by Katharine Grant (Virago)
The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt (Simon & Schuster)
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar Press)
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera (William Heinemann)