Wyld picked for Orange New Writers prize

<p>Indie bookseller Evie Wyld has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers for her novel&nbsp; <em>After the Fire, A Still Small Voice</em> (Jonathan Cape) which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in December last year.<br /><br />Her novel will be up against Jane Borodale&rsquo;s 18th-century set <em>The Book of Fires </em>(HarperPress) and <em>The Boy Next Door (</em>Sceptre) by Zimbabwean author Irene Sabatini.<br /><br />The prize, rewards a debut work of fiction written in English by a woman, with an emphasis on &quot;emerging talent and the evidence of future potential&quot;. The winner receives a &pound;10,000 bursary funded by Arts Council England.<br /><br />Chair of judges Di Speirs said: &quot;Judging this year&#39;s Orange Award for New Writers has been a&nbsp;fascinating&nbsp;process and uncovered considerable raw talent and passion<br /><br />&quot;Each of the three&nbsp;conjures an&nbsp;entirely different world and all immerse their readers&nbsp;in time and place&nbsp;effortlessly. Curl up with them&mdash;they are a real treat.&quot;<br /><br />Last year&rsquo;s winner was Francesca Kay for <em>An Equal Stillness</em> (Weidenfeld).<br /><br />The winner will be announced along with the Orange Prize for Fiction on 9th June at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. The shortlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction will be revealed at London Book Fair on Tuesday (20th April).<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>