Books by Elodie Harper, Ruth Ozeki and Jennifer Saint are among 12 titles selected by Goldboro Books for its 2022 Glass Bell Prize for Contemporary Fiction.
Harper made the list with The wolf’s lair (Apollo), while Saint Ariadne (Wildfire) is also up for the award. Ozeki made the list with The Book of Form and Void (Canongate)
Early perpetrators make up just under half of the long list, with Zakya Dalia Harris listed for The other black girl (Bloomsbury), Anna Bailey for big bones (Doubleday) and Virginia Feito for Mrs March.
Hafsa Zayyan, winner of the #Merky Books New Writers Prize with We are all birds of Uganda, is also on the long list alongside Robert Jones Jr for The prophets (rivverun), by Lucy Holland Sisterston (Macmillan), Laura Shepherd-Robinson girls of the night (Mantle) and Will Dean The last thing to burn (Hodder & Stoughton).
The only fantasy novel on the Glass Bell 2022 long list is Threadneedle by Carl Thomas (HarperVoyager), which takes readers to a magical city nestled in the boroughs of London.
David Headley, Co-Founder and Physician of Goldsboro Books, said, “Each year we strive to get together and discuss our favorite books from the previous year. Again, the long list is incredibly exciting and without a single weak link. Each year the judging process becomes more difficult as the level of publication continues to grow – this year might be the trickiest yet. »
The Glass Bell Award is presented by Headley and his team at Goldsboro Books. It rewards storytelling across genres and is awarded annually to “a compelling novel with brilliant characterization and a distinct voice that is confidently written and confidently directed”.
A shortlist of six will be announced on July 28, with the winner, who receives £2,000 and a handmade glass bell, revealed on September 8.
Last year, first author Clare Whitfield was announced as the fifth winner of the award for her historical thriller abandoned character people (Head of Zeus).