Launched in 2007, The Desmond Elliott Prize has quickly become established as the premier prize for new fiction.
Every year, a panel of three judges are asked to look for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting characters and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. Books from all fiction genres are considered.
In 2020, the thirteenth year of the prize, The Desmond Elliott Prize moved into the care of National Centre for Writing, as the flagship in its Early Career Awards portfolio, a new year-round platform of support and mentorship, alongside financial assistance for exceptional early-career writers.
Find out more about The Desmond Elliott Prize here.