Granta looks for Best of Young British Novelists

Granta Magazine has opened submissions for the fourth edition of the Best of Young British Novelists list, which will be announced at the London Book Fair on 15th April 2013.

Authors who have made the list since its first edition in 1983 include Julian Barnes, Pat Barker, Alan Hollinghurst, Rose Tremain and Jeanette Winterson.

To be eligible for the 2013 list, candidates must be under 40 as of 18th April 2013, when the issue will be published. They must either have a book contract for a work of fiction, or already have a book-length work published. They must also have a British passport.

Granta editor John Freeman said: "There's never been a crystal ball about the literary future quite like this list—but there's more to it than literary gambling. I think the novel as a form has always told us as much about society as it does about art. What's next isn't just news, it brings us the news about how we live."

Agents and publishers are able to submit as many authors as they like, with each submission to include seven sets of the author's work to date, as well as an unpublished text to be considered for the issue itself. Submissions close on 15th September 2013.

In November 2010, Granta launched Best of Young Spanish-language Novelists, its first Best of Young . . . edition to publish works in translation. In November this year, it will launch the Best of Young Brazilian Novelists.