Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlist Explores Loss of Innocence and the Conflict between Self and Society “From a very strong longlist we’ve arrived at a shortlist of three really marvelous novels — each of them an unforgettable picture of a place and a society, peopled by vividly interesting characters. It’s a pleasure to greet three such […]
Four of the 10 debut novels are inspired by real-life happenings in the histories of the authors’ families. Indies take on the big publishing houses, with Salt longlisted twice alongside titles from Propolis and New Island Books. The list features two Observer ‘new faces of fiction’: Michael Donkor and Yara Rodrigues Fowler. The 10-strong longlist […]
2018 Desmond Elliott Prize winner, Preti Taneja will be appearing in Australia at the Adelaide Festival’s ‘Writer’s Week’. Preti has been invited to be a part of a panel that will explore the Indian diaspora alongside Sohaila Abdulali and Sujatha Gidla on Sunday 3rd March, before discussing her Desmond Elliott Prize winning novel, We That […]
The re-telling of King Lear is the second book from independent publisher Galley Beggar Press to receive the Prize, following Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing in 2014 Preti Taneja has won the eleventh annual Desmond Elliott Prize, the “UK’s most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (the Daily Telegraph), it has been announced […]
Former Desmond Elliott Prize judge Kamila Shamsie has been awarded the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her seventh novel, Home Fire, a contemporary reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone. Sarah Sands, chair of judges for the Women’s Prize, said that Home Fire was “the book which we felt spoke for our times. Home Fire is about […]
Sarah Perry, author of the 2016 Waterstones Book of the Year, The Essex Serpent, is to chair the judging panel for the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize, the “UK’s most prestigious award for debut novelists” (The Telegraph). Perry will be joined on the panel by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, and head of publisher liaison […]
In the past ten years, the Prize has consistently discovered some of the most gifted writers of new fiction.
Liz Thomson, Prize Trustee and journalist, has gone back to each one of the ten winners and to discover what impact winning the Prize has had on their writing careers and also, what happened next…
Tasha Kavanagh, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016, talks about her experience at the Festival du Premier Roman
Listen to the shortlisted authors Robert Allison, Eimear McBride and D.W. Wilson talk about their debut novels.
Entries are invited for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2014, one of the most prestigious literary awards