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The Goldsmiths Prize


Presented in association with the New Statesman, the Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate fiction that breaks the mould or explores new possibilities for the novel form.

Novels written in English by citizens of the UK and the Republic of Ireland and published in the same calendar year by a British publisher are eligible. A shortlist of six books precedes the announcement of the winner in November, with a prize of £10,000 awarded.

The prize website notes: 'There are many prizes with a brief to reward the 'best' fiction, but while that implies openness to excellent novels of all kinds, the books that win prizes tend, for all their merits, to be unsurprising and conventional.'

The inaugural winner of the prize, Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing was later to take the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; in the first two years, three other shortlisted titles had previously been Man Booker Prize-shortlisted.

The 2014 winner was Ali Smith for How to be Both. The ceremony took place at Foyles Charing Cross Road; you can watch highlights from the night, including charr of judges Francis Spufford's announcement and Ali Smith's acceptance speech here.

The 2015 winner was Beatlebone by Kevin Barry.

Poet, novelist, critic and libretist, this year's Chair of Judges, Blake Morrison was joined on the panel by novelist and poet Bernadine Evaristo, author and critic Erica Wagner and journalist and novelist Joanna Walsh. Their winner, announced 9 November, was Mike McCormack for Solar Bones.

 

 

 

2016 Shortlist

Transit
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Rachel Cusk
 
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Hot Milk
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Deborah Levy
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The Lesser Bohemians
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Eimear McBride
 
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Solar Bones
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Mike McCormack
 
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Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the...
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Sarah Ladipo Manyika
 
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Martin John
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Anakana Schofield
 
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2015 shortlist

Beatlebone
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Kevin Barry
 
The second novel from the IMPAC-winning and Costa-shortlisted Kevin Barry
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Lurid & Cute
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Adam Thirlwell
 
In Brasilia they're coming off their night shift, in Tokyo they're having their first whisky sours - that's what's happening elsewhere in the world when our hero wakes up. Together...
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Grief is the Thing with Feathers
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Max Porter
 
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning...
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Previous winners

2015 Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

2014 How to be Both by Ali Smith

2013 A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

 

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