Winner Announced for Man Booker International Prize 2017

By June 15, 2017Literary Awards, News

This year’s winner of the Man Booker International Prize is announced as Israeli author David Grossman for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar, translated by Jessica Cohen and published by Jonathan Cape.

Last year was the first year that the Man Booker International recognised not only the winning author, but also the translator too. Both winner and translator will receive the prize, £25,000 cash, plus a further £1,000 for making the shortlist. The winner was announced last night at an awards dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

A Horse Walks into a Bar was chosen from the 126 books originally submitted, shortlisted a couple of months ago, and announced the winner last night. The book is set in a comedy club in Tel Aviv and is about a stand up comic in crisis, and an onstage meltdown as he shares his own personal hell in the course of a single performance.

The book received rave reviews from the judging panel calling it an ‘ambitious high wire of a novel’ in which ‘every word matters’.

Translator Jessica Cohen said she was overwhelmed with the prize and pledged half her winnings to B’Tselem, an organisation that tackles human rights violations in occupied territories.

Last year’s winners were South Korean author Han Kang and translator Deborah Smith for the Vegetarian.

Nobel Prize Postponed after Sexual Misconduct Furore

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Just a few weeks ago we brought you the news that the Nobel Prize may be in jeopardy due to accusations of sexual misconduct and the Academy’s own complicated rules and now it looks as though this year’s prize may be completely postponed as the issues still aren’t resolved.

This week the Swedish Academy is to meet to decide whether this year’s prize will go ahead, and some members believe that it’s in no fit state to make any awards.
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Desmond Elliot Prize 2018 Shortlist Announced

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The Desmond Elliot Prize is considered to be the UK’s most prestigious award for first time novelists and today the 2018 shortlist is announced.

This year the shortlist explores the impact of social isolation and the importance of human relationships, an apt subject in these times. The novels on the shortlist have been chosen because they are “distinguished by a striking and vivid narrative voice, a gift for storytelling, and a wise and humane gaze” according to the judged. Read More

Women’s Prize For Fiction Shortlist Has Been Announced

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On International Women’s Day 2018, the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced. Those 16 books were read and discussed by the panel of judges- Sarah Sands, Katy Brand, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer, and Imogen Stubbs- and whittled down to a final sensational 6.

The process is tough as there is so much wonderful talent to choose from, but after heated debates and heartfelt advocacies for favourite novels the shortlist has been decided upon.

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UK Short Story Competition Open Now!

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Calling all British Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers- this competition needs your talent!

This year heralds the third annual BAME short story competition run by The Guardian Newspaper and 4th Estate team. The prize celebrates the talents of British ethnic minority writers who are in need of representation and promotion.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

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Kindle Storyteller Award Back for Second Year

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Last year Kindle announced its first ever Storyteller Award for authors who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing in the UK. Last year the thriller, The Relic Hunters won the first ever award and now it’s announced that the award is back for a second year.

On 10th April Amazon UK opened this year’s awards, a literary prize recognising outstanding work by self published authors. To qualify for the 2018 award you must have published your book via Kindle Direct Publishing, between 1st May 2018 and 31st August 2018. Read More

Pulitzer Prize for Literature Winners 2018

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The Pulitzer Prize is the biggest US prize for the arts, awarding prizes for literature, drama, music and journalism. It’s the literature prizes we are of course interested in and today we announce the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the rest of the literature prizes.

The main literature prize, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction goes to Less by Andrew Sean Greer this year. A funny and touching tale, Less follows the life of mid-list novelist who needs to grow up. Here’s that, and the other Pulitzer winners for 2018. Read More



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