Republic of Consciousness Prize

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Republic of Consciousness Prize
Awarded forBook of the year published by UK and Irish small presses
CountryUnited Kingdom
First awarded2017 (2017)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses is an annual British literary prize founded by the author Neil Griffiths. It rewards fiction published by UK and Irish small presses, defined as those with fewer than five full-time employees. The prize money – initially raised by crowdfunding and latterly augmented by sponsorship – is divided between the publishing house and the author.

Winners, shortlists and longlists[edit]

2020[edit]

The longlist for the 2020 award was announced on 24 January 2020.[1]

  • Mara Coson, Aliasing (Book Works)
  • Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, Animalia, translated by Frank Wynne (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • Sarah Henstra, The Red Word (Tramp Press)
  • Ronan Hession, Leonard and Hungry Paul (Bluemoose Books)
  • Caleb Klaces, Fatherhood (Prototype Publishing)
  • Melissa Lee-Houghton, That Lonesome Valley (Morbid Books)
  • Toby Litt, Patience (Galley Beggar Press)
  • Hanne Ørstavik, Love, translated by Martin Aitken (And Other Stories)
  • Juan Rulfo, El Llano in Flames, translated by Stephen Beechinor (Structo Press)
  • Minoli Salgado, Broken Jaw (The 87 Press)
  • Faruk Šehić, Under Pressure, translated by Mirza Purić (Istros Books)
  • Isabel Waidner, We Are Made of Diamond Stuff (Dostoyevsky Wannabe)

2019[edit]

The shortlist for the 2019 award was announced on 2 March 2019. The joint winners were announced on 28 March 2019.[2]

  • Winner: Will Eaves, Murmur (CB Editions)
  • Winner: Alex Pheby, Lucia (Galley Beggar Press)
  • Daša Drndić, Doppelgänger, translated by Celia Hawkesworth & S. D. Curtis (Istros Books)
  • Wendy Erskine, Sweet Home (The Stinging Fly)
  • Anthony Joseph, Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon (Peepal Tree Press)
  • Chris McCabe, Dedalus (Henningham Family Press)

The following books were also longlisted for the prize:[3]

2018[edit]

The shortlist for the 2018 award was announced on 19 February 2018.[4] The winner was announced on 20 March 2018.[5]

  • Winner: Eley Williams, Attrib. and Other Stories (Influx Press)
  • Ariana Harwicz, Die, My Love, translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff (Charco Press)
  • David Hayden, Darker with the Lights On (Little Island Press)
  • Noémi Lefebvre, Blue Self-Portrait, translated by Sophie Lewis (Les Fugitives)
  • Preti Taneja, We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press)
  • Isabel Waidner, Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe)

The following books were also longlisted for the prize:[6]

A special prize was awarded to Charles Boyle both publisher, as CB Editions, and, under the pseudonym Jack Robinson, author of An Overcoat: "The William Gass award for metafiction and for being the best person in publishing, like ever."[7]

2017[edit]

The shortlist for the 2017 award was announced on 11 January 2017.[8] The winner was announced on 9 March 2017.[9]

Runners-up prizes were awarded to Martin John and Solar Bones; a Best First Novel prize for ‘Surfeit of Multitudinous Energy’ was awarded to Forbidden Line.[10] The following books were also longlisted for the prize:[11]

  • Kate Armstrong, The Storyteller (Holland House)
  • Marcia Douglas, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread (Peepal Tree Press)
  • Mia Gallagher, Beautiful Pictures of a Lost Homeland (New Island Books)
  • Seraphina Madsen, Dodge and Burn (Dodo Ink)
  • Sally O’Reilly, Crude (Eros)
  • Faruk Šehić, Quiet Flows the Una, translated by Will Firth (Istros Books)
  • Linda Stift, The Empress and the Cake, translated by Jamie Bolloch (Peirene Press)
  • Chris Wilson, Glue Ponys (Tangerine Press)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Republic of Consciousness 2020 longlist". Republic of Consciousness website. 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Book prize names two winners as it criticises 'false hierarchy' of awards". The Guardian. 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 longlist". The Times Literary Supplement. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ "The UK's Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses Names its 2018 Shortlist". Publishing Perspectives. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Influx wins Republic of Consciousness Prize". The Bookseller. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. ^ "The Republic of Consciousness Prize longlist". The Times Literary Supplement. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ Jackie Law (23 March 2018). "Gig Review: The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses – Winner 2017". Never Imitate. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Crowdfunded small-press prize announces inaugural shortlist". The Guardian. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Prize set up to reward 'brave, bold' publishers goes to Fitzcarraldo". The Guardian. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  10. ^ "RofC Prize Rewards 'Brilliant & Brave' Fiction from the Small Presses". The Contemporary Small Press. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Tramp, Daunt and New Island presses longlisted for Republic of Consciousness Prize". The Bookseller. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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