Shortlist unveiled for Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses

Shortlist unveiled for Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses

Novels dominate this year’s shortlist for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. 

Six authors made the shortlist with three novels, a collection of short stories, and a short story and novella in translation. 

Chris McCabe's novel Dedalus (Henningham Family Press), novella Doppelgänger by Daša Drndić, tr. Celia Hawkesworth & S. D. Curtis (Istros), Anthony Joseph's novel Kitch (Peepal Tree Press), Lucia by Alex Pheby (Galley Beggar Press), short story Murmur by Will Eaves (CB Editions) and short story collection Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine (Stinging Fly) make up the shortlist. 

Each press on the shortlist is awarded £1000, and all of the shortlisted authors take home £500. The winning press will be awarded £2,500, with the author receiving an extra £1,000. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at Foyles Charing Cross on 28th March.

The prize was set-up by prize winning author Neil Griffiths. The judges this year are the literary critics David Collard and Catherine Taylor, and the novelist Niven Govinden, alongside a student panel from the UEA Creative Writing programme.