Goldsmiths Prize

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The Goldsmiths Prize
Awarded forInnovative or experimental novels
LocationUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Presented byGoldsmiths, University of London The New Statesman
First awarded13 November 2013
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The Goldsmiths Prize is a British literary award, founded in 2013 by Goldsmiths, University of London, in association with the New Statesman.[1] It is awarded annually to a piece of fiction that "breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form."[2][3] It is limited to citizens and residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and to novels published by presses based in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The winner receives receives £10,000.[4] Tim Parnell of the Goldsmiths English department conceived and runs the prize, inspired by his research into Laurence Sterne and other eighteenth-century writers, like Denis Diderot, who experimented with the novel form.[5][2] The prize "casts its net wider than most other prizes" and intends to celebrate "creative daring," but resists the phrase "experimental fiction," because it implies "an eccentric deviation from the novel’s natural concerns, structures and idioms."[2][5] To date, Rachel Cusk is the author best represented on the prize's shortlists, having been shortlisted for each book of her Outline trilogy.

Winners and shortlists[edit]

Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner

Shortlisted and winning books (2013-2021)
Year Author Novel Publisher Notes
2021 Blue ribbon Isabel Waidner Sterling Karat Gold Peninsula Press The shortlist was announced on 6 October,[6] and the winner on 10 November.[4]
Claire-Louise Bennett Checkout 19 Jonathan Cape
Natasha Brown Assembly Hamish Hamilton
Keith Ridgway A Shock New Directions
Leone Ross This One Sky Day Faber and Faber
Rebecca Watson little scratch Faber and Faber
2020 Blue ribbon M. John Harrison The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again Gollancz The shortlist was announced on 14 October,[7] and the winner on 11 November.[8]
Paul Griffiths Mr Beethoven Henningham Family Press
Xiaolu Guo A Lover's Discourse Chatto & Windus
DBC Pierre Meanwhile in Dopamine City Faber
Monique Roffey The Mermaid of Black Conch Peepal Tree Press
Anakana Schofield Bina Fleet
2019 Blue ribbon Lucy Ellmann Ducks, Newburyport Galley Beggar Press The shortlist was announced on 2 October,[9] and the winner on 13 November.[10]
Isabel Waidner We Are Made of Diamond Stuff Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Vesna Main Good Day? Salt
Amy Arnold Slip of a Fish And Other Stories
Mark Haddon The Porpoise Chatto & Windus
Deborah Levy The Man Who Saw Everything Hamish Hamilton
2018 Blue ribbon Robin Robertson The Long Take Picador The shortlist was announced on 26 September,[11] and the winner on 14 November.[12]
Rachel Cusk Kudos Faber
Will Eaves Murmur CB Editions
Guy Gunaratne In Our Mad and Furious City Headline
Gabriel Josipovici The Cemetery in Barnes Carcanet
Olivia Laing Crudo Picador
2017 Blue ribbon Nicola Barker H(A)PPY William Heinemann The shortlist was announced on 27 September,[13] and the winner on 15 November 2017.[14]
Sara Baume A Line Made by Walking William Heinemann
Kevin Davey Playing Possum Aaargh! Press
Jon McGregor Reservoir 13 Fourth Estate
Gwendoline Riley First Love Granta
Will Self Phone Viking
2016 Blue ribbon Mike McCormack Solar Bones Tramp Press The shortlist was announced on 28 September,[15] and the winner on 9 November.[16]
Deborah Levy Hot Milk Hamish Hamilton
Sarah Ladipo Manyika Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun Cassava Republic Press
Anakana Schofield Martin John And Other Stories
Eimear McBride The Lesser Bohemians Faber and Faber
Rachel Cusk Transit Jonathan Cape
2015 Blue ribbon Kevin Barry Beatlebone Canongate The shortlist was announced on 1 October, [17] and the winner on 11 November.[18] All the authors on the shortlist were men.[19]
Richard Beard Acts of the Assassins Vintage
Magnus Mills The Field of the Cloth of Gold Bloomsbury Publishing
Tom McCarthy Satin Island Jonathan Cape
Max Porter Grief is the Thing with Feathers Faber and Faber
Adam Thirlwell Lurid & Cute Jonathan Cape
2014 Blue ribbon Ali Smith How to Be Both Penguin The shortlist was announced on 1 October,[20] and the winner on 13 November.[21]
Rachel Cusk Outline Vintage
Will Eaves The Absent Therapist CB Editions
Howard Jacobson J. Jonathan Cape
Paul Kingsnorth The Wake Unbound Publishing
Zia Haider Rahman In the Light of What We Know Picador
2013 Blue ribbon Eimear McBride A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing Galley Beggar Press The shortlist was announced on 1 October,[22][23] and the winner on 13 November.[24][25]
Philip Terry tapestry Reality Street
Jim Crace Harvest Picador
Lars Iyer Exodus Melville House
David Peace Red or Dead Faber and Faber
Ali Smith Artful Penguin Books


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  12. ^ Alison Flood (14 November 2018). "Robin Robertson wins Goldsmiths prize for innovative fiction with The Long Take". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
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  20. ^ "The shortlist for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced". New Statesman. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  21. ^ "Ali Smith wins Goldsmiths Prize for How to be Both". BBC News. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
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