Posted on February 11, 2021 at 3:34 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The shortlist for the Rathbones Folio Prize was revealed yesterday, and the Guardian reports that it’s a triumph for the little guys.

Of the eight books in the running for the £30,000 (about $41,500) prize, the majority are from small presses, according to the paper.

In fact, one contender — The Mermaid of Black Conch, which already won the Costa Book of the Year — famously had to crowdfund to cover publicity costs.

They are:

The Rathbones Folio Prize celebrates the best work of literature regardless of genre; the winner will be revealed March 24.

Meanwhile, the winner has been announced for the Story Spotlight Prize: Asako Serizawa’s Inheritors.

The prize honors “books of exceptional promise by first-time authors; collections in alternative formats; or works that demonstrate an unusual perspective on the writer’s craft,” in the words of Literary Hub.

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