Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Faber launches writing prize


Faber has set up a new prize in memory of author Gordon Burn, alongside New Writing North and the Gordon Burn Trust, with the first judges to include novelist David Peace.

The £5,000 prize will be awarded for the first time in April 2013, with a shortlist of no more than 10 books, to be announced in February 2013.

The prize seeks to recognise a book, either fiction or non-fiction which "most successfully represents the spirit and sensibility of Gordon's literary methods . . . literature which challenges perceived notions of genre and makes us think again about just what it is that we are reading." It will be open to submissions of work written in English by writers of any nationality or descent but who are permanently resident in either the UK or US. The inaugural 2013 prize will accept work published between 1st January and 31st December 2012.

The judging panel will include, alongside Peace, journalist Deborah Orr and broadcaster Mark Lawson.

Faber publishing director Lee Brackstone said: "As each year passes the world of literature misses Gordon's genius more and more. But the relevance of his books and his unique sensibility only gathers momentum. A prize in Gordon's name, and with respect to his radical perspective and style will, I hope, continue to draw attention to this." 

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