The Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction
The Desmond Elliott Prize, which aims to support new writers and to celebrate their fiction, was established in 2008 in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, one of the most charismatic and successful men in this field, who died in August 2003. He was best known as the man who persuaded Jilly Cooper to write novels.
To be eligible, the novel must be written in English and published in the UK. The prize is judged by a panel of three, who look for a novel with a compelling narrative, arresting character, and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. The winner is announced at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason, Desmond Elliott's local grocer.
The 2013 judging panel was novelist Joanne Harris, Robert Collins, Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Times and Foyles' Head of Marketing, Miriam Robinson.
The 2013 prize was won by Ros Barber for The Marlowe Papers, a verse novel that suggests Christopher Marlowe was not killed ina tavern brawl after all, but instead went to live in exile in France and continued to write poems and plays under the name... William Shakespeare.
The 2014 longlist was announced on 3 April, and includes Nathan Filer's highly acclaimed and inventive novel The Shock of the Fall and Scottish playwright, poet and twice winner of the Forward Poetry Prize, Kate Clanchy's Meeting the English. Chair of judges and best-selling author, Chris Cleave said: 'British and Irish writing is in the best shape it's been for many years. The strength of these ten astonishing novels proves that our home-grown talent is world class.'
Foyles' Jonathan Ruppin commented: 'The Desmond Elliott Prize has an established track record in recognising great writers of the future: all the previous winners have gone on to fulfil the rich promise of their debuts and this year's longlist promises just as much potential.'
The full longlist comprises:
The Rider has no memory of who he is, or how he came to be lying - dying - in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued...
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award 2013, this bitterly humorous debut is a novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle.
It's the searing hot summer of 1989 and revolution is in the air -- though not just for the Prys family ...
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013 'I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good...
Motherless Alathea Sawneyford, her charms grown disturbing as she rebels against her father, has made the city's streets her own, while Annie Cantabile is constrained,...
A German soldier takes an 11-year-old girl hostage in her Suffolk home in July 1940. But why does he look so familiar? And how does he know her name?
Driven to despair by the intimate traumas of family, a nameless woman uses her sexuality as a weapon and shield.
In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. This book...
A prominent window advert for a discontinued chocolate bar suggests the shop may have closed in 1994. The security shutters are stuck a quarter-open, adding to the general air of...
D. W. Wilson
Richard Ford meets E Annie Proulx in a deeply compelling, stunningly written story of fathers and sons, friendship and betrayal, by the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award...
2013 The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber
2012 The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
2011 Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph
2010 The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
2009 Blackmoor by Edward Hogan
2008 Gifted by Nikita Lalwani