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Desmond Elliot Prize longlist announced

25th Apr 2013

Desmond Elliot Prize longlist announced

The 2013 Desmond Elliot Prize, whose aim is “to enrich the careers of new writers”, featured a longlist of ten authors, seven of whom are women.

It follows the announcement of Granta’s 2013 Best of Young British Novelists, where the majority of young writers celebrated were women.

Author Joanne Harris, chair of the judging panel, described the prize as “a landmark moment in an author’s career. It is enormously heartening that as well as it being a wonderful time for debut fiction, it’s also an exciting time for female writers.”

Along with Gavin Extence and Kevins Maher and Smith, longlisted authors are:

Ros Barber The Marlowe Papers

Jenni FaganThe Panopticon

Rosie GarlandThe Palace of Curiosities

Beatrice HitchmanPetite Mort

Anna Raverat – Signs of Life

Sarah Ridgard – Seldom Seen

Wendy Wallace – The Painted Bridge

What do you think? Who’s missing and is it “an exciting time for female writers”?

Kaite Smith-Welsh