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Call for Entries for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2016


Entries are invited for ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’ (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland. 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 is enshrined by this award. The Prize, now in its ninth […]

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The Desmond Elliott Prize at the 28th Festival du Premier Roman


The Prize recently consolidated its unique international partnership with the election of our second pair of authors as laureates of the Festival du Premier Roman in Chambéry. This four-day novelistic fiesta originated in 1986 with the inspirational initiative of a local teacher, Jacques Charmatz, from this lovely town in France’s Haute-Savoie. Seeking to stimulate in […]

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The Desmond Elliott Prize 2015 Shortlist Revealed


The Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlist Proves “There’s No Age Limit on Being a Sparkling New Arrival on the Literary Scene” The Desmond Elliott Prize 2015 has today (15 May) announced a shortlist of three books in the running to take home the “most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (Daily Telegraph). Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Viking), A […]

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The 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize Longlist Announced

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Elizabeth is Missing and The Miniaturist lead the charge on The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist in “remarkable” year for debut fiction. Two number one bestsellers – Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – are among ten novels longlisted today (2nd April) for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2015, hailed as […]

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The 2014 Winner

Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride is this evening (Thursday 3rd July) announced as the winner of the annual Desmond Elliott Prize

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