Maura Dooley, Guy Gunaratne, Anna Leszkiewicz and Sjón will judge the Goldsmiths Prize 2019: a £10,000 prize rewarding fiction at its most novel.
Eligibility for the Goldsmiths Prize is now extended to authors of any nationality, provided they have been resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland for a minimum of three years. Previously, the Goldsmiths Prize was only open to those born in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
This year’s judges are poet, writer, and Goldsmiths lecturer Professor Maura Dooley; novelist, video journalist and previous Goldsmiths Prize nominee Guy Gunaratne; the New Statesman’s Deputy Culture Editor Anna Leszkiewicz; and Icelandic poet, novelist and Academy Award-nominated lyricist Sjón.
The judges were announced on 23 January at an event at Goldsmiths, University of London featuring Agustín Fernández Mallo and Isabel Waidner.
Professor Maura Dooley, Chair of Judges, says: “I'm looking forward to the excitement that mounts from the moment these new novels begin to arrive at Goldsmiths and this year the door is open wider. New rules allow for submissions not just from authors who are UK or Irish citizens but also from authors resident in these islands in recent years. In this way the range of writing and voices will be broader and richer than ever. I am thrilled to be chairing the panel of judges.”
The Goldsmiths Prize was launched in 2013 in association with the New Statesman.
Tom Gatti, New Statesman Deputy Editor says: “The Goldsmiths Prize has worked wonders in bringing ambitious, challenging fiction back into the public eye. The New Statesman is delighted to continue our partnership.”
Eimear McBride was the first winner of the £10,000 prize for her work A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, followed by Ali Smith in 2014 for How to Be Both, Kevin Barry in 2015 for Beatlebone, Mike McCormack in 2016 for Solar Bones, Nicola Barker with H(A)PPY in 2017 and Robin Robertson in 2018 for The Long Take.
Goldsmiths Prize 2019 key dates:
25 January – submissions open
29 March – submissions close
2 October – six-book shortlist announced
13 November – winner announced