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Desmond Elliott Prize 2010 judges named

2nd February 2010

A bestselling writer and a literary editor have been named as members of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2010 judging panel.

Author and journalist Elizabeth Buchan will chair the panel for this year's award and will be joined by William Skidelsky, literary editor of the Observer.

Launched in 2007, the Desmond Elliott Prize supports emerging literary talent by recognising first novels published in the UK and was founded in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott.

Buchan, whose works include That Certain Age and The Good Wife, commented: 'Desmond Elliott has given us the opportunity to seek out the best of emerging talent and to pay it its due. Nurturing new writers is always necessary but, in financially uncertain times, it is vital.'

Last year, Blackmoor by Edward Hogan won the prize, while Nikita Lalwani's Gifted scooped the award in 2008.

The longlist of ten books for this year's prize will be announced in late March, with the three shortlisted titles confirmed in May. The winner, who will receive GBP 10,000, will be named on June 24th.

Journalist and author India Knight, playwright and broadcaster Kwame Kwei-Armah and writer David Peace were recently named as judges for the inaugural To Hell with Prizes literary award, which is looking for the best unpublished debut novel in the UK.

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