And Other Stories launches new Northern Book Prize

And Other Stories celebrates its arrival in Sheffield with the launch of a new book prize in partnership with New Writing North.

The search is on for the next great writer based in the North of England, as the publishing house And Other Stories launches their Northern Book Prize in partnership with New Writing North.

And Other Stories has a national and global reputation for publishing world-class, challenging and shamelessly literary fiction. Since starting in 2011, their books have been awarded and shortlisted for many prizes, including the Man Booker (for Deborah Levy’s 2012 Swimming Home), the Costa Short Story Award, The Guardian First Book Award, the Best Translated Book Award, and more.

The launch of the prize is free to attend and open to the public, and will be taking place as part of the 2017 Off The Shelf Festival of Words on 19 October.

The publishing house has just relocated to Sheffield in a move that will secure the city’s place on the fiction publishing map, and is sealing its commitment to northern writing with the new prize.

Tara Tobler, Editor at And Other Stories, says:

“London is lovely but it isn’t a heal-all. It’s not necessary to be there. The UK publishing industry faces problems – a failure to diversify its authors and staff not least among them – but as soon as one looks beyond a certain one and half square kilometres of southeastern territory, one immediately perceives a great feeling of groundswell, of talent and momentum building in the regions, of skilled and enthusiastic writers and publishing professionals keen to forge solutions closer to the homes they’re passionate about.

“Hence the launch of the Northern Book Prize here in Sheffield, where we’re now proudly resident. 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 launch event is an opportunity to come along and be there at the beginning of what we hope will be a great literary story for the North of England, and for Sheffield in
particular.”

Stefan Tobler, founder of And Other Stories, adds:

“The event will also be a great party, to say thank you to the literary and cultural community across the North for welcoming us with open arms. The independent, innovative spirit of Sheffield is part of what attracted us here, and we want to celebrate our move. The city has such a rich cultural heritage, and there is an enormous amount happening in the arts – in the theatres, the music scene, in fine arts and poetry. We hope to complement this with own unique approach to publishing fiction.”

The Northern Book Prize will form part of New Writing North’s Northern Writers’ Awards, which have supported hundreds of writers to develop creatively and connect with the writing industry since 2000. The Awards are supported by Northumbria University, Newcastle and Arts Council England and are open to writers based in the North of England.

The Awards open for submissions on 16 November and close on 1 February 2018. The winning writer will be revealed at the Northern Writers’ Awards ceremony, to be held in Newcastle in June 2018. And Other Stories aim to launch the winning book during Off the Shelf 2018.

Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North says:

“We are delighted to be working with And Other Stories on the Northern Book Prize. We know from our experiences running the Northern Writers’ Awards that there’s a huge range of exciting and diverse talent in the North of England. We’re looking forward to welcoming submissions to this wonderful new prize, which will provide the winning writer with a unique, valuable and career-changing opportunity.

“We’re pleased to be welcoming And Other Stories to their new home in the North. Their status as a publisher of excellent fiction from all over the world is such that they will make a meaningful addition to the publishing community here.

“We hope people from across our region have the chance to attend the launch event. It will be a good opportunity to mingle, network, and celebrate literature across the North.”

The Northern Book Prize launch is being held immediately following an event with And Other Stories author Joanna Walsh, one of the most exciting writers in contemporary fiction today, in conversation about her new short story collection Worlds From The Word’s End.

There will also be the opportunity to win a six-book subscription to And Other Stories titles at the event.

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