Author Nell Stevens will chair this year's £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize judging panel.
Submissions for the 2021 prize open on Friday (22nd January), with the winner set to be announced on 10th November 2021.
Stevens (pictured) is a memoir and fiction writer, a winner the 2019 Somerset Maugham Award and also a lecturer in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths. She said: “I’m excited to be judging the Goldsmiths Prize in its ninth year. Perhaps now more than ever we need novels that challenge our perception of what is possible, in fiction and in life — I can’t wait to discover them.”
The panel also features novelists Fred D’Aguiar and Kamila Shamsie, and book critic Johanna Thomas-Corr.
Launched in 2013 in association with the New Statesman, the annual prize was created to recognise “fiction that breaks the mould, opens up new possibilities for the novel form, and embodies the spirit of invention”.
The 2020 prize was picked up M John Harrison for “literary masterpiece” The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (Gollancz).
Deputy editor of the New Statesman Tom Gatti said: “The Goldsmiths Prize reminds us that the novel needs boldness and invention in order to survive and thrive. The New Statesman is proud to continue our partnership with this essential prize.”