The Desmond Elliott Prize supports new writers and was established in 2008 in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, best known as the man who persuaded Jilly Cooper to write novels!
It’s awarded for novels written in English and published in the UK, which have a ‘compelling narrative, arresting character and are both vividly written and confidently realised’. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason, Desmond Elliott’s local grocer on 3rd July.
2014 shortlist is below
The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison.
A stunning debut novel about wrongdoing in extreme conditions, and the meaning of identity, comradeship and survival.
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour.
Ballistics by 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…
The 2013 prize was won by Ros Barber for The Marlowe Papers, (rated 5* by a Leeds reader) a verse novel that suggests Christopher Marlowe was not killed in a 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.