Entries are invited for the ‘most prestigious award for first-time novelists’ (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland. The £10,000 Prize is presented in the name of the acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors is perpetuated by this award.
The Prize is given to a debut novel from any genre, published between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. The judges will be looking for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting characters and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. The deadline for entries is Friday 29 November 2013 and entry forms can be downloaded here
Chairman of the Trustees, Dallas Manderson, said: “The Desmond Elliott Prize has an impressive reputation for spotting the finest first novels of the year. So far we have selected six incredible authors who have all successfully continued their literary career and published further work to great acclaim.”
“The Prize reflects Desmond Elliott’s commitment to supporting fledgling writers that have the potential to represent the very best of British and Irish writing talent.”
A longlist of ten books will be announced in April 2014, and a shortlist in May. The winner will then be revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 26 June 2014.
Previous winners of the prize, all of whom have been recognised by other awards are: Ros Barber for The Marlowe Papers (2013); Grace McCleen for The Land of Decoration (2012); Anjali Joseph for Saraswati Park (2011); Ali Shaw for The Girl With Glass Feet (2010); Edward Hogan for Blackmoor (2009); and Nikita Lalwani for Gifted (2008).
Each year a trio of judges drawn from the world of books is appointed by The Desmond Elliott Prize Trustees. The 2014 panel will be announced in January.