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Guardian First Book Award longlist 2013

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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Not the Booker Prize 2013

Not the Booker Prize, The Guardian, MugSo 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.

You can read more about the Not the Booker Prize over at the Guardian website. Continue reading

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The Man Booker Prize 2013 Longlist

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

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Judges for the Folio Prize

Folio Prize, Telegraph, Judges, Lavinia Greenlaw, Michael Chabon, Sarah Hall, Nam Le, Pankaj MishraThe 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

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Folio Prize to Level the Playing Field

The Folio PrizeNew prize on the block the Folio is giving self-published writers a chance to be placed alongside the big names at last. When I tweeted about the story the other day, the response was positive, and it continues to be, with the announcement being welcomed by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Continue reading

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The Folio Prize

The Folio PrizeSo 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

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Costa Winners

Costa Short Story AwardFor the first time ever, a single book has won both the Man Booker and Costa Book of the Year prizes in one year. In a “unanimous” decision, Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall, won the prize – announced on the 29th January. Continue reading

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Keep it Short

Short storyThere seems to be a flurry of affection for the short story of late. Between the inaugural Costa Short Story Award and the revived publicity for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, we’re having a grand love affair with that small and mighty type of writing. Continue reading

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Meet the Winners of the Costa Book Awards

Costa Book AwardFor 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 …

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist

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

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