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.
handiwork, by Sara Baume
Indelicacy, by Amina Cain
As You Were, by Elaine Feeney
Poor, by Caleb Femi
My Darling from the Lions, by Rachel Long
In the Dream House: A Memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado
A Ghost in the Throat, by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
The Mermaid of Black Conch, by Monique Roffey
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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