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.

2020 Winner: The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison

“M. John Harrison has produced a literary masterpiece that will continue to be read in 100 years time, if the planet survives that long” Frances Wilson, Chair of Judges.

Read our news story about the winner.

2021 competition

If you are interested in entering please see rules and entry.

Key dates

Prize open for submissions 22 January 2021
Deadline for submission of entry forms 5pm, 26 March 2021
Deadline for submission of finished books 5pm, 25 June 2021
Shortlist announced 6 October 2021
Winner announced 10 November 2021
The Goldsmiths Prize app is available for tablet and mobile

The Goldsmiths Prize App for iOS

Download the app to read information on all the nominated books, watch interviews and readings, explore the fresco that lies at the heart of Ali Smith's 2014 winner How to be Both, and see pages from the manuscript and first draft of Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

Find out more and download the app for free