Republic of Consciousness Prize Long List 2018

This year’s Republic of Consciousness Prize Long List has been announced by founder Neil Griffiths.  You can read the full article and see what Neil has said about each of the long listed books on the TLS here.

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Here’s the long list, alphabetically by publisher.

Playing Possum by Kevin Davey (Aaaargh! Press)

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell (And Other Stories)

The Gallows Pole by Ben Myers (Bluemoose Books)

An Overcoat by Jack Robinson (CB Editions)

Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz, tr. Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff  (Charco Press)

Gaudy Bauble by Isabel Waidner (Dostoevsky Wannabe)

Compass by Mathias Enard, tr. Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Blue Self-Portrait by Noémi Lefevbre, tr. Sophie Lewis (Les Fugitives)

We that are Young  by Preti Taneja (Galley Beggar Press)

Attrib. and other stories by Eley Williams (Influx Press)

Darker with the Lights on by David Hayden (Little Island Press)

In the Absence of Absalon by Simon Okotie (Salt Publishing)

The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo (Tramp Press)

Congratulations to all the writers, translators and publishers!

 

The Republic of Consciousness shortlist will be announced at Waterstones Manchester on the February 15, 2018. For more information, follow on twitter at @prizerofc or join the mailing list here:  http://eepurl.com/c9HGnr 

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Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018

The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses was founded last year by award-winning author Neil Griffiths to reward small presses supporting ‘hard-core literary fiction and gorgeous prose’.  Last year’s inaugural winner was Fitzcarraldo Editions for Counternarratives by John Keene.

Today it has been confirmed that The Times Literary Supplement has become the prize’s official media partner. Neil Griffiths says, ‘The partnership with the TLS takes the prize from the artisan fringe into the heart of literary life in UK and beyond. I’ve subscribed to the TLS for 20 odd years and cannot be more excited.’  Toby Lichtig, the TLS Fiction Editor says: ‘Hard-core literary fiction and gorgeous prose is what the TLS is all about, and as such we couldn’t think of a better prize for us to support. Small presses are currently publishing some of the most innovative and daring fiction in the UK, and by partnering with The Republic of Consciousness we hope to help to draw attention to important books that might otherwise be overlooked.’

‘Hard-core literary fiction and gorgeous prose is what the TLS is all about, and as such we couldn’t think of a better prize for us to support. Small presses are currently publishing some of the most innovative and daring fiction in the UK, and by partnering with The Republic of Consciousness we hope to help to draw attention to important books that might otherwise be overlooked.’

The Prize has recently been awarded Grant for the Arts funding from The Arts Council. This essential financial backing means, quite simply, another year is possible, and with increased spend on mainstream and digital marketing, and events beyond the capital we will reach more media, bookshops and readers.

The 2017 long list will be announced on the TLS website in late November; the short list will be discussed on the TLS podcast in February; and the winner will be excerpted in the TLS itself.

All short listed presses will all receive one thousand pounds and the winner will win a minimum of £5,000, to be announced at a ceremony in Central London in Spring 2018.

This year’s judges include booksellers from independent bookshops; Foyles, Birmingham; Waterstones, Manchester; plus a bloggers’ bloc, and a representative from the Contemporary Small Press Project from the University of Westminster (that’s us!).

Submissions close 31th October 2017. Novels, translated fiction, short stories are all eligible – the only requirement for submission is that the press is from the UK or ROI, and has no more than 5 full time staff.