‘The UK’s most prestigious award for first-time novelists.’
The Telegraph

The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the Prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott, in memory of his passion for discovering and nurturing emerging authors.

First awarded in 2008, the Prize has a track record of spotting outstandingly talented novelists at the beginning of their careers, with former winners including Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and Claire Fuller for Our Endless Numbered Days, as well as Preti Taneja for We That Are Young.

In its thirteenth year, The Desmond Elliott Prize moved into the care of National Centre for Writing. Unique in supporting early-career novelists to establish their writing careers, the winner receives:

Publishers from across the UK and Ireland are encouraged to submit literary fiction debuts for consideration.

The Desmond Elliott Prize is part of the National Centre for Writing’s Early Career Awards.

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