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The Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction

Desmond Elliott Logoo 2018The 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.

The 2017 winner, revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 21st June , was Francis Spufford for Golden Hill. See the full story here.

The 2018 judging panel was announced on 26th January. Chairing this year's prize will be Sarah Perry, author of the award winning The Essex Serpent. Joining her on the panel will be award-winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, and head of publisher liaison and fiction for Waterstones Chris White.

The longlist was announced on 23rd March and it includes two Guardian journalists, Xan Brooks and Paula Cocozza, and former Sunday Times Style columnist, Francesca Hornak. Indie publisher Galley Beggar Press is longlisted for fifth year in a row with We That Are Young by Preti Taneja.

The shortlist was  announced on 27th April and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 20th June, where they will be presented with a cheque for £10,000.

 

 

 

 

2018 Shortlist

How to Be Human
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Paula Cocozza
 
When Mary arrives home from work one day to find a magnificent fox on her lawn - his ears spiked in attention and every hair bristling with his power to...
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We That Are Young
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Preti Taneja
 
Told in astonishing prose - a great torrent of words and imagery - We That Are Young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured...
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live
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2018 Longlist

The Clocks in This House All Tell...
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Xan Brooks
 
Summer 1923. The modern world. Orphaned Lucy Marsh climbs into the back of the old army truck and is whisked off to the woods, where the funny men live. If...
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How to Be Human
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Paula Cocozza
 
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
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Imogen Hermes Gowar
One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah's...
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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Gail Honeyman
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Peculiar Ground
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Lucy Hughes-Hallett
 
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How Saints Die
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Carmen Marcus
 
Ten years old and irrepressibly curious, Ellie lives with her fisherman father, Peter, on the wild North Yorkshire coast. It's the 1980s and her mother's breakdown is discussed only in...
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One Star Awake
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Andrew Meehan
 
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Conversations with Friends
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Sally Rooney
 
Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to...
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We That Are Young
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Preti Taneja
 
Told in astonishing prose - a great torrent of words and imagery - We That Are Young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured...
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Previous Winners

2017 Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

2016 The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

2015 Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

2014 A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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

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