The awards nominations are coming thick and fast right now, and this time it’s the Guardian First Book Award longlist. The submissions (strictly first-time books, but any genre) are whittled down to the shortlist by a panel of judges: Susie Orbach, Rachel Cusk, Philip Hensher and Paul Mason and chaired by Guardian Review editor Lisa Allardice, and made up of store-based reading groups in Waterstones. The winner will be announced in November, receiving a prize of £10,000. Continue reading
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So if you haven’t heard of the Not the Booker Prize, here’s a quick summary for you… Not the Booker was created as a counterpoint against the Man Booker prize by The Guardian – with the same selection criteria as the Booker – but with one key aim: to be a truly democratic, all-encompassing prize. Books can be any length and any genre, and are voted for by the public.
The longlist has been announced! The Man Booker – always accompanied by mixed feelings from the literary world – has announced its 13 titles up for this year’s prize. Of the authors, only two (Crace and Tóibín) have been nominated for the Prize before, and three – Bulawayo, Harris and Ryan – are debut novelists. Here’s a bit more about the books themselves… Continue reading
The inaugural Folio Prize has announced its first line up of judges. The Folio – a prize of £40,000 – is the first major English-language prize open to writers from all over the world, and was announced in 2011 as a counterpoint to the Man Booker. Continue reading
So it’s been announced – the founders* of the Literature Prize have teamed up with specialist publishers the Folio Society to create the brand new Folio Prize.
The Literature Prize (now the Folio) was created from the fallout of the 2011 Booker Prize, when the prize was dismissed as “dumbing down” and the fall of the Booker was gloomily predicted as critics denounced it as celebrating popularity over quality. Continue reading
For the first time in the history of the prize, it was women that dominated the top spots for the latest serving of the Costa Book Award. The winners of the 5 categories receive £5,000 each and will also be competing for the Costa Book of the Year award (which gives £30,000 to the winner). The Book of the Year will be announced on the 28th January, with the winner of the inaugural Costa Short Story Award – voted for by the public – also being announced at the ceremony.
And, without further ado, I give you the winners of 2012’s Costa Book Awards …
The Man Booker is one of the most coveted prizes in literature. And this year’s longlist already caused a stir with the appearance of indie publishers and some more unusual picks. But the shortlist has been announced, and we are edging ever closer to the winner. Continue reading