Julian Barratt to judge Gordon Burn Prize

Julian Barratt to judge Gordon Burn Prize

Comedian Julian Barratt [pictured] and artist Sarah Lucas will be among the judges of the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize.

Novelist Benjamin Myers, who won the inaugural award this year, and poet John Burnside make up the remaining judges on the prize, which rewards books which use fiction to explore history, or non-fiction works which use the techniques of fiction.

The prize was set up by Faber and New Writing North in association with the Gordon Burn Trust, and pays tribute to author Gordon Burn who wrote across a range of subjects.

Myers was announced as the winner of this year's prize at a Durham Book Festival event in October, for his book, Pig Iron (Blue Moose Books).

Lee Brackstone, creative director of Faber Social, said: "The Gordon Burn Prize rewards innovative work across both fiction and non-fiction which best represents the spirit of Gordon's prose. In a celebrity-saturated world, which is increasingly documented in monochrome and monotonous style, it is thrilling to be associated with a prize that embraces adventurous and unusual ways of engaging with the culture."

The winner of the prize receives £5,000 and the chance to undertake a three-month writing retreat at Burn's cottage. It is open to works written in English by writers resident in the UK or USA, and publishers can submit up to six items per imprint.

A shortlist will be announced in August 2014, with the winner announced in October.