Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo and New Directions are pleased to announce that The Novel Prize, a biennial award for a book-length work of literary fiction written in English by published and unpublished writers around the world, will open for submissions on 1 April 2022.

The Novel Prize offers $10,000 to the winner, and simultaneous publication in the UK and Ireland by the London-based Fitzcarraldo Editions, in Australia and New Zealand by Sydney publisher Giramondo, and in North America by New York’s New Directions. The prize rewards novels which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, and are innovative and imaginative in style.

Jessica Au won the inaugural Novel Prize in 2020 for Cold Enough for Snow. The novel, selected from over 1500 entries worldwide, was published in English in February 2022 and is set to be published in 18 territories. The other shortlisted entries were Glenn Diaz’s Yñiga, Emily Hall’s The Longcut, Christine Lai’s Landscapes, Nora Lange’s Us Fools, and Lani Yamamoto’s Ours and Others’.

The Novel Prize is managed by the three publishers working in collaboration. Submissions are open from 1 April to 1 June 2022, with Fitzcarraldo Editions reading submissions from Africa and Europe, Giramondo from Asia and Australasia, and New Directions from the Americas. A shortlist will be made public in December 2022, with the winner announced in February 2023. The winning novel will be published in early 2024.

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