The Desmond Elliott Prize 2021 | Prize: £10,000

The £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott, in memory of his passion for discovering and nurturing emerging authors.

Since 2008, when it was first awarded, the Prize has a track record of spotting outstandingly talented novelists at the beginning of their careers, with former winners including Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and Claire Fuller for Our Endless Numbered Days, as well as Preti Taneja for We That Are Young. The winner of its 2020 edition was Derek Owusu.

Eligibility

  • Entries must be a debut full-length novel written in English.
  • The Prize is open to full-length literary fiction novels written for adults.
  • By an author whose permanent place of residence is in the UK or Ireland
    Published in print form in the UK / Ireland between 1 April 2020 and March 2021.
  • Shortlisted authors must be available to attend the prize ceremony in July 2021.
  • Authors must be living at the time of submission.
  • The organizers of the Desmond Elliott Prize prefer to receive submitted books as .epub or .mobi files. If this isn’t possible, five hard copies must be received at National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 115 – 123 King St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QE before the deadline.
  • Submissions must be from the publisher.

How to submit

Please ensure that you have read the eligibility requirements above, as it is very important.

TARGET: Authors in UK, Ireland
LEVEL: Outstanding Novelists
PRIZE: £10,000
HOST: Desmond Elliott
DEADLINE: 27 November 2020
REMINDER: Support Room

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After submitting the online entry form, please email your .epub or .mobi files to awards@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk or post to If this isn’t possible, five hard copies must be received at the address below before the deadline.

National Centre for Writing,
Dragon Hall,
115 – 123 King St,
Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QE

The deadline for submissions is Friday 27 November 2020.