And Other Stories has announced writers Sarah Moss (author of acclaimed novels including The Tidal Zone and most recently Ghost Wall) and Fiona Mozley (Man Booker shortlisted author of Elmet) as the judges for the 2019 Northern Book Prize, along with And Other Stories’ founder and publisher Stefan Tobler. The prize, now in its second year, is for a previously unpublished novel by a writer based in the North of England, or with a strong connection to the region. It is worth £5,000 and a publishing contract with And Other Stories.
The announcement was made on Saturday 27th October at a Northern Book Prize party that closed the Off the Shelf Festival in Sheffield. The party also launched the 2019 Prize submissions window and the publication of the 2018 winner: Slip of a Fish, the debut novel by Amy Arnold, of Windermere, Cumbria. Arnold’s novel was the first piece of creative writing she had ever sent out. It won the inaugural Northern Book Prize in June 2018, beating stiff competition, including from writers already published to great acclaim.
And Other Stories is also delighted to announce a media partnership with Big Issue North for the 2019 Northern Book Prize. ‘We’re really pleased to be working with this great independent publisher to champion northern writers,’ said Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue North deputy editor. ‘Our readers value our books coverage – plus we get a chance to read some good books – so we look forward to promoting this year’s prize.’ For our part, we love Big Issue North, which not only does amazing work for its vendors and in tackling poverty and homelessness, but has really good books coverage, for which we and our authors have often been grateful, for example these lovely Q&As with Enrique Vila-Matas, Michelle Tea and Christine Schutt. We couldn’t think of a better first partner for the prize.
Submissions for the 2019 Northern Book Prize are open from now until midnight on Tuesday 18 December 2018.