Goldsmiths’ College, part of the University of London, has launched a £10,000 literary prize to garland the book that “opens up new possibilities of the novel form”. The Bookseller reports, the prize will be awarded annually to a book they deem “genuinely novel and which embodies the sprit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.”
Goldsmiths creative writing professor Blake Morrison said of the prize, “we hope it will encourage more risk-taking among novelists, editors and agents alike. There’s an idea that innovative and genre-busting books are bound to be inaccessible. We don’t believe that’s the case.”
Any novel published in 2013 can be submitted for contention, though it seems the prize will skew toward books that come out in the earlier part of the year as the shortlist will be announced in October 2013, with the winner chosen in November. The prize, open to all publishers and imprints, does not clarify if that includes self-published works. The first prize will be judged by novelists Nicola Barker and Gabriel Josipovici, New Statesman editor Jonathan Derbyshire, and Goldsmiths’ Dr. Tim Parnell.