Monday, 18 July 2011

What's still missing from the Guardian First Book Award list?

Bright Young Things mentioned in passing in  blog:    

Interesting point made on why small and regional indies often miss out on making the lists:

'A major stumbling block, it turns out, was the entrance fee of £150 a book. This may not seem much, but it's a lot to a small publisher.'

If all four of the Bright Young Things debuts had been entered last year that would have cost £600... and yet elsewhere Tyler Keevil's excellent Fireball took the Readers Choice Award at Wales Book of the Year and I managed a long-listing for the Edge Hill Prize. Should special consideration and lower entrance fees be given to the small presses for such prizes? It seems something needs to change.


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