2019 Northern Book Prize – Judges announced
Sarah Moss and Fiona Mozley announced as judges for the 2019 Northern Book Prize
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 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 The prize, now in its second year, is for a previously unpublished novel by a writer based in the North of England, or with a strong connection to the region.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 evening at an event at the Off the Shelf Festival in Sheffield to mark the launch of the 2019 Prize submissions window and the publication of Slip of a Fish, the debut novel by Amy Arnold, of Windermere, Cumbria. The author’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.
The Northern Book Prize was founded in October 2017, to mark And Other Stories’ move to Sheffield and to celebrate the North of England’s wealth of literary talent. For the inaugural year, the Northern Book Prize was awarded (in June 2018) as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards, a programme set up by New Writing North, which, since its founding in 2000, has earned a reputation for discovering and supporting some of the most exciting writing talent in the region.
Slip of a Fish is published by And Other Stories in the UK on 1 November 2018 and in the US in July 2019.