We’d like to congratulate the 2018 winner of the Northern Book Prize, Amy Arnold. Her winning novel Slip of a Fish is out now. Read all about our 2018 Prize in our news item. Entries for the 2020 Northern Book Prize will be open in late 2019, from a date to be confirmed in October 2019. (Sign up to our newsletter to hear more.)

Slip of a Fish was published by And Other Stories in the UK and Europe in November 2018 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 will be appearing at Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2019, among other appearances. The novel will be published in North America in July 2019.

In 2019, the judges found merit and potential across the internally shortlisted entries but after long discussion decided not to award the prize this year. The three judges were the authors Sarah Moss (Ghost Wall) and Fiona Mozley (Elmet) and And Other Stories’ publisher Stefan Tobler. 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. We at And Other Stories would add that we very much believe in the literary fiction being written in and about the North of England and are in the process of signing contracts with authors who entered this year. Of course, we too would have loved one of them to have been awarded the 2019 Northern Book Prize.

What is the Northern Book Prize?

The Northern Book Prize is a prize run annually for an unpublished book-length work of ambitious literary fiction either written by a writer living in the North of England or by a writer who has a strong connection to the North. 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: stefantobler@andotherstories.org.


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