The Goldsmiths Prize 2019

The Goldsmiths Prize logo

Fiction at its most novel

Prize intro

The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the College and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.

The 2019 winner will be announced on the evening of 13 November.

The Full Shortlist

About the Shortlist

The Goldsmiths Prize is now in its seventh year—lucky number seven, with such a terrific shortlist.

From the vast eidetic capaciousness of Lucy Ellman's Ducks, Newburyport to the slender and hectic compression of Isabel Waidner’s We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff, this year’s selection of six books not only offers a reminder that the novel remains a flexible and innovative form, but reflects our 21st-century political and cultural concerns.

Deborah Levy’s The Man Who Saw Everything asks what it means to see politics and culture, venturing from East Berlin just before the fall of the Wall to post-Brexit Britain; Mark Haddon’s The Porpoise begins like a thriller but veers into the mythic echoes that underpin all our lives.

Amy Arnold’s Slip of a Fish deconstructs an English summer through the haunted consciousness of its protagonist and Vesna Main's Good Day? uses dialogue alone to ask that deceptively simple question: who gets to tell the story?

This list is a fascinating snapshot of the best British and Irish fiction around.  

(Dr Erica Wagner, Chair of Judges)

Prize intro