Entries for the 2020 Northern Book Prize are open now until 11.59 pm (GMT) on Monday 16th December 2019.
In two innovations for 2020, the prize is now open to narrative and literary kinds of non-fiction too and entry is now free. In other news, we can reveal the following judges for the 2020 Northern Book Prize: Amy Arnold, whose novel Slip of a Fish won the 2018 Northern Book Prize, Sunjeev Sahota, Daniel Trilling, and Tara Tobler of And Other Stories.
The Northern Book Prize is a prize run annually for unpublished, completed book-length works of literary merit written in English by a writer, of any nationality or descent, who lives in the North of England or who has a strong connection to the North. The author’s previous history is not important for the prize’s judging – the author can be a prize-winning household name or have never before submitted a line anywhere. Both kinds of authors enter; we judge the prize on the merit of the book at hand.
When And Other Stories relocated its main office to the city of Sheffield, we conceived of the Prize as part of our commitment to Northern writers and to growing publishing in the North.
As our editor Tara Tobler said:
We hope to tap some of the extraordinary literary energy in the North and are confident the prize will only grow in prestige and popularity in the years to come.
The winner of the Northern Book Prize receives:
- Prize and advance (currently worth £5,000)
- Creative editorial support from And Other Stories
- A contract for the book’s worldwide publication, distribution and representation from And Other Stories
First Partnership Announced
And Other Stories is delighted to announce a media partnership with Big Issue North for the Northern Book Prize.
Sponsorship / Partnership Opportunities
And Other Stories seeks long-term sponsorships and partnerships for the Northern Book Prize in order to grow the prize money, the profile of the prize and its impact across the region and beyond it. There are opportunities for partnerships of various sizes and also for in-kind support. Please contact And Other Stories’ publisher Stefan Tobler for a sponsorship pack: firstname.lastname@example.org.
History / The Story So Far
2018 – Winner: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold. (Judges: Ian McMillan, Conor O’Callaghan, Tara Tobler and Claire Malcolm.)
After winning the 2018 Northern Book Prize, Slip of a Fish was published by And Other Stories in the UK and Europe in November 2018 (and North America in July 2019) to great acclaim, including a full-page rave Guardian review, and other strong reviews, including in the Irish Times, Sheffield Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement. Amy Arnold’s reading and a Northern Book Prize party were the closing night finale of Sheffield’s 2018 Off the Shelf festival, and the author appeared widely at events, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
2019 – (Judges: Sarah Moss, Fiona Mozley and Stefan Tobler.)
In 2019, the judges found merit and potential across the internally shortlisted entries but after long discussion decided not to award the prize. We at And Other Stories, the prize administrator, believe that for the prize’s integrity, the possibility of not awarding the prize should be among the judges’ options, and is so stated in the Terms and Conditions. We should add that we feel this result is unlikely to occur again.