The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist for “a first novel written in English and published in the UK,” by an author whose permanent residence is in the UK or Ireland, has been announced. Among ten titles listed, two are of genre interest:
- How to be Human, Paula Cocozza (Hutchinson)
- The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)
The winning title will be selected by a panel of three judges chosen by the trustees. This year’s judges are Sarah Perry, Samira Ahmed, and Chris White. The shortlist will be announced in May, and the winner will be celebrated at an event in London in June. The prize “is worth £10,000 to the winner.” For more information, see the official Desmond Elliott Prize website.