Celebrating 10 years of
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 winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2022 will be announced on the evening of 10 November.

About the Shortlist

When we launched the Goldsmiths Prize in 2013, we did so with excitement and optimism. Perhaps, too, there were some small glimmers of doubt. Would there be enough novels in a literary culture often damned for its conservatism to merit our focus on fiction which breaks the mould? Would such novels necessarily hark back to the monuments of twentieth-century ‘experimental’ fiction and thus run the risk of being conventionally unconventional? And what would readers make of fiction typically characterised as difficult or esoteric?

Our nominees and winners to date have comprehensively allayed any such doubts, and this our tenth shortlist further speaks to a vibrant place in the literary culture of the British Isles in which urgent contemporary concerns are addressed in daringly creative novels unfettered by conventions new or old. For the reader, each of these distinctive books will provoke thought and bring the pleasure of surprise.

Dr Tim Parnell, Chair of Judges