Will Eaves and Chris Power to judge £10k Goldsmiths Prize

Will Eaves and Chris Power to judge £10k Goldsmiths Prize

Will Eaves and Chris Power will help judge the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize this year.

The writers will be joined by novelist Sarah Ladipo Manyika as a judge with the panel chaired by Goldsmiths lecturer Dr Frances Wilson.

Ladipo Manyika was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2016 for her second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (Cassava Republic), and Eaves has been shortlisted twice, for The Absent Therapist in 2014 and his multi award-winning Murmur (both published by CB Editions) in 2018. Power is a short story writer and critic whose début collection Mothers was published by Faber in 2018.

Wilson, also a biographer and critic, said: "I look forward to immersive reading, invigorating arguments, and a renewed understanding of what the novel at its finest can achieve."

Deputy editor of the New Statesman Tom Gatti said: "The New Statesman is delighted to continue our partnership with the Goldsmiths Prize–an award that has become synonymous with the novel at its thrilling and thought-provoking best."

This year’s Goldsmiths Prize opens to submissions on 24th January and closes on 27th March. The shortlist will be announced in September with the winner revealed in November.

In 2019 eligibility for the Goldsmiths Prize was extended to authors of any nationality, provided they have been resident in the UK or Ireland for a minimum of three years and their submitted novel has been published there.

Last year Lucy Ellmann won the Prize with Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press), a 1,000-page novel written almost entirely in one long sentence.

Launched in 2013 in association with the New Statesman, the annual award was created to recognise fiction that breaks the mould, opens up new possibilities for the novel form, and embodies the spirit of invention.