Sandstone longlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize

Sandstone longlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize

Scottish indie publisher Sandstone Press has scored a nomination on the longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2013 with Kevin Smith's Jammy Dodger.

Indie Serpent's Tail also scores a place with Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman.

Hitchman joins six other women on the shortlist of 10, with The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (Sceptre); The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan (Wm Heinemann); and The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland (HarperFiction) joined by Signs of Life by Anna Raverat (Picador), Wendy Wallace's The Painted Bridge (S&S) and Seldom Seen by Sarah Ridgard (Hutchinson).

The shortlist is completed by The Fields by Kevin Maher (Little, Brown) and The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (Hodder).

Chair of judges and author Joanne Harris said: "The Desmond Elliott Prize is a landmark moment in an author’s career. It is enormously heartening that as well as it being a wonderful time for debut fiction, it’s also an exciting time for female writers."

Jonathan Ruppin, Foyles Bookshop web editor added: "Introducing readers to new talent is an integral part of our role as booksellers. The Desmond Elliott Prize has proved consistent in spotting excellence; all previous winners have gone on to write well-received, wonderful books and this year's longlist promises just as much potential."

The £10,000 prize is awarded in the name of the agent and publisher Desmond Elliott and aims to help advance new authors' careers. The shortlist will be announced on 23rd May, and the overall winner on 27th June.