The longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015 was announced today. The Prize, celebrating first time novelists, is presented in the name of the late, acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose passion for finding and nurturing new authors is perpetuated by his Prize.
Now in its eighth year, the award has an established record for spotting up-and-coming novelists in the UK and Ireland and propelling them to greater recognition and success. The longlist includes bestsellers such as The Miniaturist and Elizabeth is Missing with titles from independent publishers and even a crowd-funded novel from Unbound.
The 2014 winner was Eimear McBride, author of the critically lauded A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
- The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah (Doubleday)
- The Bees by Laline Paull (Fourth Estate)
- Chop Chop by Simon Wroe (Viking)
- Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Viking)
- Glass by Alex Christofi (Serpent's Tail)
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador)
- Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Fig Tree)
- Randall by Jonathan Gibbs (Galley Beggar Press)
- A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray (Hutchinson)
- The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The shortlist will be announced on 15 May, and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 1 July, where they will be presented with a cheque for £10,000.
Find out more on the Desmond Elliott Prize website.
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