Bath Novel Award 2018 Shortlist

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And the awards lists just keep on coming!

The Bath Novel shortlist has also recently been announced. Here is what they had to say:


We are delighted to announce The Bath Novel Award 2018 shortlist.

The Bath Novel Award is an annual £2,500 prize for unpublished and independently published novelists writing for adults or young adults. This year’s prize attracted 1,201 submissions by writers in 38 countries worldwide with a longlist of 24 novels announced in May.

2018 has proved to be an exceptionally strong year for novels about displacement and the pursuit of truth. We have feared and cheered for: a young Nigerian housemaid; three London schoolgirls; an escapist boater in Tenerife; Ugandan Asian shopkeepers and a secret team of international literary agents fighting a rewrite of the world.

As all our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the shortlistees’ identities under wraps until the winner is announced on September 13th 2018, but in the meantime, many congratulations to the writers of these five standout titles:

  • INKLAND
  • KOLOLO HILL
  • THE AUSPICE
  • THE FURIES
  • THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE

The winner of The Bath Novel Award 2018, as judged by Felicity Blunt of Curtis Brown Literary Agency, will be announced at a reception in Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery on September 13th. The winning novelist will receive £2,500 and one longlisted writer will also win a place worth £1,800 on Edit your Novel the Professional Way from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

Good luck to all 5 authors!

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Via: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/the-bath-novel-award-2018-shortlist/

Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist

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• 171 submissions • Two Canadian authors • Six authors from the UK • Two writers from Ireland • Three writers representing the USA • Four writers under the age of 30 • Three previous nominees • One previous winner • Four debut novels • Seven women • Six men

The statistics are in. The jury is assembled.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 longlist is revealed. Featuring the first-ever nomination for a graphic novel and the electrifying return of a Man Booker grandmaster, the spellbinding search to find the greatest fiction novel of 2018 is on.


Including a work of crime fiction, a noiresque thriller written in verse and a genre-defying graphic novel, the longlist for this year’s award is amongst the most diverse and exhilarating in the prize’s history. Excitingly, it’s also a list that showcases an array of new writing talent. In works that span time and space – from antebellum-era Caribbean to inner-city London and beyond – thirteen authors (the so-called ‘Booker Dozen’) compete for a place on the shortlist, which will be announced on 20 September 2018.

The longlist is:

  • Snap, Belinda Bauer
  • Milkman, Anna Burns
  • Sabrina, Nick Drnaso
  • Washington Black, Esi Edugyan
  • In Our Mad and Furious City, Guy Gunaratne
  • Everything Under, Daisy Johnson
  • The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner
  • The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh
  • Warlight, Michael Ondaatje
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers
  • The Long Take, Robin Robertson
  • Normal People, Sally Rooney
  • From a Low and Quiet Sea, Donal Ryan

The final winner will be announced at a ceremony on 16 October 2018.

You can read the blurb and/or buy a copy of the books by following this link: https://www.waterstones.com/book-awards/the-man-booker-prize

Announcing The Women’s Prize Winner 2018!

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Absolutely thrilled to reveal that Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her seventh novel Home Fire.

At an awards ceremony hosted in Bedford Square Gardens, central London – hosted by novelist and Women’s Prize Founder Director, Kate Mosse – the 2018 Chair of Judges, Sarah Sands presented the author with the £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine. Both are anonymously endowed.

The fantastic 2018 Chair of Judges Sarah Sands, said: “This was a dazzling shortlist, it had depth and richness and variety. We were forcibly struck by the quality of the prose. Each book had its champions. We loved the originality of mermaids and courtesans, we were awed by the lyrical truth of an American road trip which serves as a commentary of the history of race in America, we discussed into the night the fine and dignified treatment of a woman’s domestic abuse, we laughed over a student’s rite of passage and we experienced the truth of losing a parent and loving a child. In the end we chose the book which we felt spoke for our times. Home Fire is about identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics. And it sustains mastery of its themes and its form. It is a remarkable book which we passionately recommend.”

Did Home Fire have your vote? Join in the conversation on Twitter and Instagram

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Via: https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/announcing-2018-womens-prize-winner

The Bath Novel Award 2018 Longlist

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The Bath Novel Award is a £2,500 international prize for emerging novelists. The 2018 judge is Felicity Blunt of Curtis Brown.

1,201 novels were submitted between 1st December 2017 and 30th April 2018. Voting proved exceptionally close, with maximum votes awarded to an unprecedented four novels and a final longlist of 24.  

Entries were received from writers in 38 countries. One in four longlisted titles are by writers from outside the UK including one with two titles on the list. 

Three writers are returning longlistees: two with revised drafts and one with a new manuscript. 

One longlistee will win a place, worth £1,800, on Cornerstones Literary Consultancy’s online course Edit Your Novel the Professional Way.

The cast of this year’s longlisted novels come from all walks of life, including: a gutsy Lagos housemaid; a disabled barman in C19th Victoria; a convict on the run in Cambridge; a young British Muslim in England’s industrial north; sinister and fantastical literary agents; an estranged family caught in Californian wildfire and a group of young London women taking back power.

The judges read “blind” so the longlisted writers’ identities are under wraps until Felicity Blunt has announced the winning novel at a ceremony on September 13th. 

In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 24 standout titles:

The Bath Novel Award 2018 Longlist:

A Little Bit Broken
Blazers
Bye Bye Baby
Daniel, Asleep
Elephant Road
Everything’s Ahead of Her
I’ll Wait There For You
Inherit
Inkland
Kololo Hill
Lost Journals of Sundown
Midnight Souls
Rounding Meg’s Corners
Sakthi (Strength)
Sisters They Never Had
The Auspice
The Eternals
The Furies
The Girl with the Louding Voice
The Glass Hotel
The Midas Dance
The Triplets of the Chosen
We Are Stardust
Where the Road Darkens

 

Congratulations to all longlisted titles.

The Bath Novel Award 2018 Shortlist will be announced at noon BST on July 18th 2018.

To find out more, follow the link: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2018/05/24/2018-longlist/

 

The Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Celebrates Excellence of Women Writers

Previously known as the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction (2013-2016) and the Orange Prize for Fiction (1996-2012), the Women’s Prize for Fiction announced their 2018 shortlist. The award celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.”

The shortlist, which includes three debut novelists, is as follows (with bonus links when possible):

Chosen by our brilliant 2018 judging panel, this year’s shortlist features one previously shortlisted author and three debut novels.

Sarah Sands, 2018 chair of judges and Editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme said: “The shortlist was chosen without fear or favour. We lost some big names, with regret, but narrowed down the list to the books which spoke most directly and truthfully to the judges,” said Sarah Sands, Chair of Judges.  “The themes of the shortlist have both contemporary and lasting resonance encompassing the birth of the internet, race, sexual violence, grief, oh and mermaids. Some of the authors are young, half by Brits and all are blazingly good and brave writers.”

Did your favourite make the cut? Join in the conversation on Twitter @WomensPrize

Find out more by following this link: https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/reading-room/news/revealing-2018-womens-prize-shortlist#

Via: https://themillions.com/2018/04/womens-prize-fiction-shortlist-celebrates-excellence-women-writers.html

Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017 Shortlist Announcement

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The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an annual international prize for emerging novelists writing for children or young adults. The shortlist is chosen by a panel of Junior Judges aged 6-17 years who this year have selected five manuscripts from a longlist of 26.

The winner of The Bath Children’s Novel Award as judged by Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates Literary Agency will be announced on February 8th 2018 at a ceremony in Bath. The winning writer will receive £2,000 with one shortlistee awarded editorial services to the value of £500 by award sponsors Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

As all our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the shortlistees’ identities under wraps until the winner is announced, but in the meantime many congratulations to the writers of these five standout novels:

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017 Shortlist

JACK DARK AND THE FIGMENT HUNTERS (Middle grade / fantasy)

Boy discovers he can enter other people’s nightmares and joins secret society to battle deadly creatures.

ME TWO (Middle grade / fantasy)

Girl born into two bodies on opposite sides of the world must choose which life to live and which to lose.

MILTON HITS THE HEADLINES (Chapter book / animal humour)

Curious spider discovers he’s been branded deadly by the tabloid press and must work with a human girl to save his species.

THE REINVENTION OF ROLO RAWLINGS (Young adult / comedy drama)

Lovesick teenage herpetologist seeks answers to the mystery behind his dad’s coma.

THE VESSEL (Young adult / fantasy)

Young inventor harbouring a dark secret must protect the boy she rescued from inside a beached whale.

Good luck to all five authors.

Via: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/12198684/posts/1723351110

Man Booker Prize 2018 Judges Announced

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The judges of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, have been announced.

The panel will be chaired by the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah and consists of: crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.

Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, says:

‘This year’s judging panel is not only stellar in its distinction, its members have a stunningly broad range of tastes and enthusiasms too. They are all long-standing champions of creative work who will be open to any excellent novel that may come their way, regardless of genre or geography.’

The judging panel will be looking for the best novel of the year, selected from entries published in the UK between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

The 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner was Lincoln in the Bardo by American author George Saunders, published by Bloomsbury. In the week following the winner announcement, sales of Lincoln in the Bardo increased by 1227%.

The ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 12 or 13 books will be announced in July 2018 and the shortlist of six books in September 2018. The winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced on 16 October 2018 at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, broadcast live by the BBC.

This year, the Man Booker Prize will be celebrating 50 years of the finest fiction with year-long global anniversary celebrations. The flagship event, run in partnership with Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts centre, is the unmissable Man Booker 50 Festival from 6 to 8 July 2018. Read more here.

The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group, an active investment management firm.

Via: http://themanbookerprize.com/fiction/news/2018-man-booker-prize-judges-announced