Literary Awards

Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced its longlist in time for International Women’s Day 2018.

Sixteen books were picked for the longlist by the judging panel, honouring both new and well-established writers, including six debut novels.

The Chair of the Judges is Sarah Sands, Editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme who said:

“The longlist came out of a Chequers style meeting where different views were accommodated and peace reigned, at least for now. What is striking about the list, apart from the wealth of talent, is that women writers refuse to be pigeon-holed. We have searing social realism, adventure, comedy, poetic truths, ingenious plots and unforgettable characters. Women of the world are a literary force to be reckoned with.”

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Man Booker Prize Announces One-Off 50th Anniversary Award

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The Man Booker Prize is an award given each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK. The award is very prestigious and notable winners include the likes of Thomas Keneally for Schindler’s Ark, Michael Ondaatje for The English Patient, and Margaret Atwood for The Blind Assassin.

The Man Booker Prize was first established in 1969 and, to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary, a one-off award is set to be given to the writer of the best work of fiction from the last five decades. The candidates have been chosen by five judges, but the final say will be given to the public who can vote for the writer they deem most deserving. Read More

8 Novels That We Think Could be Award Winners in 2018

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We’re still early in the year and that means months and months of exciting new releases, and all the literary awards of 2018 are still ahead of us. With this in mind, today we thought we’d combine the two and see if we can pick out some novels coming in 2018 that we also think may be up for some of this year’s big literary awards, allowing you addicts to stay ahead of the game. Read More

National Book Awards to Open to Translated Works

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The National Book Foundation Board for the prestigious US prize has announced that the awards will establish a fifth National Book Award for translated works of fiction, and nonfiction published in the USA.

The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More

Costa Book of the Year Posthumously Awarded to Helen Dunmore

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The British poet, novelist, and children’s writer, Helen Dunmore, has been posthumously awarded the 2017 Costa Book of the Year Award for her tenth and final poetry collection, called Inside the Wave. The Costa Awards recognise writers from the UK and Ireland and the overall book of the year is selected from the winners of each category of novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book. Read More

Carrie Fisher Posthumously Wins Grammy Award

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was hosted yesterday in New York and saw the likes of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Foo Fighters all win big that night. Though she may be more well known for acting rather than music, Carrie Fisher was awarded the Grammy for Best Spoken Word album for her audiobook recording of The Princess Diarist, which is a memoir comprised of diary entries from when she was shooting the original Star Wars films. Read More

New Book Prize Announced For Thrillers In Which No Woman Is Violently Exploited

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The Staunch Book Prize has been announced for 2018, for a very specific type of novel.

Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:

As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”

The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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Man Booker to Accept Irish Submissions for the First Time

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2018 is going to be an exciting year for the Man Booker as the prize celebrates it’s fiftieth year with a raft of celebrations and awards. And for Irish publishers, it’ll be an extra special year as for the first time author’s from the country will be able to submit books for consideration.

The move is likely to curb a lot of frustration felt by Irish publishers about the situation, especially as there’s never been any good reason for the exclusion. The entire situation is caused by an anomaly, simply because Irish books aren’t published in the UK, but that has now been rectified. Read More