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

2017 Longlist Announcement | The Bath Novel Award

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017: Longlist Announcement

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is an annual international prize for emerging novelists.

During 2017 writers in 39 countries submitted 750 manuscripts. From these, 26 have been longlisted with an even split between novels written for middle grade (7-11 years) and young adult readers (12 years plus).

Amongst the contenders for this year’s £2,000 prize are writers from Australia, Grand Cayman, England, Ireland, Scotland and the USA.

Adventure, mystery and fantasy proved especially competitive genres within middle grade, with a notable rise tricksy villains and themes about drawing strength and wisdom from the past. Trends amongst young adult submissions included the centrality of family, the search for authenticity, and choosing your best path in a divided world.

For the next stage of the competition, our panel of Junior Judges, aged from six to seventeen years, will select a shortlist which will be announced January 5th 2018.

As all our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the longlisted writers’ identities under wraps until the overall winner, as chosen by SALLYANNE SWEENEY is announced February 8th 2018.

In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 26 standout titles:

Agatha Brown and the Witchfinder General
Elsetime
Fig Swims Round the World
Hattie: or, A Thousand Miles Up the Nile
Illegal is not a Noun
Jack Dark and the Figment Hunters
Me Two
Milton Hits the Headlines
Psigns
Sixteen Again
Storm House
The Agency’s Last Case
The Badly Born
The Boy Inside my Head
The Case in Locker 62
The Curse of the Weird Wolf
The Darlington Miracles
The Door in the Dark
The Firestone of Avisriel
The Ivory Rite
The Legend of Star Arrow
The Reinvention of Rolo Rawlings
The Vessel
The Waggledancing Dragon
Voxmort: The Stone of Death
What was Left Behind

 

Congratulations to you all!

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Via 2017 Longlist Announcement: The Bath Novel Award

Man Booker Prize 2017 Goes To George Saunders For Lincoln In The Bardo

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The American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

The book is based around a real event: the night in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln buried his 11-year-old son Willie in a Washington cemetery. Imagining the boy trapped in the Bardo – a Tibetan Buddhist term for a kind of limbo – Saunders’ novel follows the fellow dead, also trapped in the graveyard and unwilling to accept death, who observe the boy as he desperately waits for his father to return.

Written almost entirely in dialogue, the novel also includes snippets of historical texts, biographies and letters, some of which contradict each other and others that Saunders, 58, created himself. In his review for the Guardian, fellow author Hari Kunzru praised Lincoln in the Bardo as “a tale of great formal daring”, adding: “[It] stands head and shoulders above most contemporary fiction, showing a writer who is expanding his universe outwards, and who clearly has many more pleasures to offer his readers.”

Accepting the prize, athe 58-yearold Texan-born author made an eloquent defence of the importance of culture. “If you haven’t noticed, we live in a strange time, so the question at the heart of the matter is pretty simple,” he said. “Do we respond to fear with exclusion and negative projection and violence? Or do we take that ancient great leap of faith and do our best to respond with love? And with faith in the idea that what seems other is actually not other at all, but just us on a different day.

“In the US we’re hearing a lot about the need to protect culture. Well this tonight is culture, it is international culture, it is compassionate culture, it is activist culture. It is a room full of believers in the word, in beauty and ambiguity and in trying to see the other person’s point of view, even when that is hard.”

The chair of judges, Lola Young, described the novel as “an extraordinary piece of work. Admitting that she initially felt challenged by its layout, which is reminiscent of a screenplay, the Labour peer said she was eventually “captivated” by work which she came to regard as unique.

“The challenge is actually part of its uniqueness. It is almost saying, ‘I dare you to engage with this kind of story, in this kind of way.’ It is incredibly rewarding.

“For us, it really stood out because of its innovation, its very different styling, the way it, almost paradoxically, brought to life these almost dead souls in this other world. There was this juxtaposition of the very personal tragedy of Abraham Lincoln and the death of his very young son next to his public life, as the person who really instigated the American civil war. You’ve got this individual death, very close and personal; you’ve got this much wider issue of the political scenario and the death of hundreds of thousands of young men; and then you’ve got this weird state across the cemetery, with these souls who are not quite ready to be fully dead, as it were, trying to work out some of the things that plagued them during their lives.”

The author of four collections of short stories, two novellas and a long body of journalism, the Texas-born Saunders came to writing relatively late, initially training as a geophysicist. After working as a tech writer, a field in which he was rewarded for brevity, he began writing short stories. His first collection CivilWarLand in Bad Decline was published in 1996. He was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006, then won the inaugural Folio prize for his story collection, Tenth of December, in 2014.

Saunders is the second American in a row to win the Booker prize, after last year’s winner Paul Beatty. Saunders’ win falls four years after eligibility rules were changed to allow writers of any nationality writing in the English language and published in the UK. There has been fierce criticism of the rule change.

The judges took five hours to come to what Young called a “collegial”, yet unanimous choice. She denied any concerns about Saunders’ nationality, saying: “We don’t look at the nationality of the writer. Honestly it’s not an issue for us. We’re solely concerned with the book, what that book is telling us.”

The books losing out on the prize were 4321 by Paul Auster (US), Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK), Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistan), History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) and Autumn by Ali Smith (UK).

With 144 novels submitted for the 2017 prize, Saunders’ novel was among a starry, 13-book longlist, a rarity in recent years as more debuts and less-established authors have been named as contenders. This year’s longlist included Arundhati Roy, a previous winner of the Booker, as well as authors who had also won the Pulitzer, the Costa, the Baileys, the Folio, the Impac and the Goldsmiths prizes.

The £50,000 win, announced at a black-tie dinner at the Guildhall in London, was yet another success for an independent publisher; released by Bloomsbury, Lincoln in the Bardo is the third win in a row for an independent, after two consecutive wins for Oneworld publications.

Sales for Saunders’ novel have trailed behind Smith’s in the UK, with Lincoln in the Bardo selling about 10,000 copies so far, compared with 50,000 of Autumn. Saunders can expect his sales to skyrocket; last year’s winner, The Sellout, has now sold more than 360,000 physical copies, with sales in the week after the prize announcement jumping by 658%.

Young’s fellow judges this year were the writer and critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, the novelist and poet Sarah Hall, the artist and author Tom Phillips, and the travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron. Saunders was presented with the award on Tuesday night by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Via: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/17/man-booker-prize-2017-second-american-author-george-saunders-lincoln-in-the-bardo?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other