Roddy Doyle will judge the Gordon Burn Prize 2015, along with actress Maxine Peake and journalist Suzanne Moore.
They will be will be joined on the judging panel by novelist and journalist Doug Johnstone and artist Gavin Turk.
The £5,000 prize, launched in 2012 to celebrate innovation in literature, is a partnership between New Writing North, the Gordon Burn Trust and Faber and Faber, publishers of Gordon’s work.
This year’s prize is now open for submissions until Monday 2nd March. In the spirit of Gordon Burn’s work, the prize awards writing which crosses boundaries, calls into question perceived notions of genre, and dares to tread the fine line between fact and fiction. It is open to works of both fiction and non-fiction.
The 2015 prize will reward a title written in the English language and published in hardback, paperback or digitally between 1st July 2014 and 1 July 2015, which in the opinion of the judges most successfully represents the spirit and sensibility of Burn’s experimental literary methods.
A shortlist of no more than ten books will be announced in August and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony as part of Durham Book Festival in October. As well as receiving the £5,000 cheque, the winning writer will be offered the opportunity to undertake a writing retreat of up to three months at Burn’s cottage in the Scottish Borders.
Last year’s winner was Paul Kingsnorth for his Man Booker Prize-longlisted novel The Wake (Unbound).