Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist 2021

The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to reward fiction that “breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form”. The winning writer receives a £10,000 prize.

Previous winners were:

2013 – Eimear McBride for ‘A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing’
2014 – Ali Smith for ‘How to be Both’
2015 – Kevin Barry for ‘Beathebone’
2016 – Mike McCormack for ‘Solar Bones’
2017 – Nicola Barker for ‘H(A)PPY’
2018 – Robin Robertson for ‘The Long Take’
2019 – Lucy Ellmann for ‘Ducks, Newburyport’
2020 – M. John Harrison for ‘The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again’

The shortlist for the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize has just been announced, drawn from entries of novels published between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2021. Here are the six books in contention:

‘Checkout 19’ by Claire-Louise Bennett
‘Assembly’ by Natasha Brown
‘A Shock’ by Keith Ridgway
‘This One Sky Day’ by Leone Ross
‘Sterling Karat Gold’ by Isabel Waidner
‘little scratch’ by Rebecca Watson

The judges for this year’s prize are Nell Stevens (Chair), Fred D’Aguiar, Kamila Shamsie & Johanna Thomas-Corr and the winner will be announced on 10 November 2021.

Happy reading.

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