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Submissions open for the 10th annual Desmond Elliott Prize

Entries are invited for ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’ (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland, The Desmond Elliot Prize, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. The £10,000 Prize is presented in the name of the acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors […]




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TV deal for Desmond Elliott Prize-winner The Glorious Heresies

This year’s Desmond Elliott Prize-winner, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, has been optioned for television by the boutique drama production company Fifty Fathoms. Fifty Fathoms’ recent productions include Marvellous, Pete Bowker’s film for BBC2 starring Toby Jones and Gemma Jones; Fortitude, Simon Donald’s crime thriller for Sky Atlantic and Pivot, set in the Arctic […]




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The Desmond Elliott Prize & the Festival du Premier Roman

Claire Fuller, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015, talks about her experience at the Festival du Premier Roman A couple of weeks ago I went to Chambéry in France, where I had been invited to speak at the Festival du Premier Roman, an annual literary festival all about debut novels. The organisers bring together 15 French […]




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NEW IRISH VOICES DOMINATE SHORTLIST FOR DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2016

Best debut novel of the year will win £10,000 from Prize funded by the late agent and publisher’s estate The Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 has today (6 May) announced a shortlist of three books in the running to take home the “most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (Daily Telegraph). The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (John […]




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First Novels From Former Blue Peter Presenter, Psychiatrist And Blogger Longlisted For Desmond Elliott Prize

The debut novel from former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis is included in the longlist for the ninth Desmond Elliott Prize, announced today, Friday 1st April. The Butcher’s Hook, written after Ellis attended a writing course run by literary agency Curtis Brown, is one of ten books to be longlisted for the Prize, cited as the “most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (Telegraph). Seven of the ten books are by women, up from a fifty-fifty split in 2015.







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