Last night at midnight in the UK, the longlist for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize was announced. What is the Desmond Elliott Prize, you might ask? Here’s a quick description from the prize’s website:
The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott.
When choosing the winner, a panel of three judges will look for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting character, and which is both vividly written and confidently realised.
- 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)
- Ballistics by D. W. Wilson (Bloomsbury)
I’m writing about this on the blog today because Dan of Utter Biblio got a group of bloggers and reviewers together to shadow judge this year’s prize, and I am part of that group! (They even wrote about us on the Desmond Elliott Prize website–how cool is that?!)
I’ve already got my hands on three of the books and I’m really excited to start reading. Stay tuned for posts about the books and general updates about our project. Dan rounded up a great group of folks and this should be a lot of fun.