Desmond Elliott Prize goes annual

<p>The &pound;10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novels is to become an annual award, with entries now invited for next year. The success of the inaugural award, won by Nikita Lalwani for <em>Gifted</em> (Penguin) in June this year, lead the trustees of the Desmond Elliott Charitable Trust to change the prize from its original biennial schedule. <br /><br />The panel of three judges will be announced early next year. Entries will be considered from all fiction genres, with the deadline for submissions 28th November. A longlist of 10 titles will be announced in April 2009 followed by a shortlist of three in May. The winner will be announced in June.<br /><br />The prize launched in 2007 to reward and promote first novelists writing in English and published in the UK.</p><p>Dallas Manderson, chair of the Desmond Elliot Charitable Trust said: &quot;We were delighted by the enthusiasm and support from publishers, booksellers, and the reading public for the inaugural Desmond Elliott Prize. This inspired the Desmond Elliott Charitable Trust to take the decision to make it an annual prize and continue our intention to promote and support new writers.&nbsp; We raise a glass, in true Elliott style, to an equally successful 2009.&quot; </p>