London publisher celebrates move to Sheffield by launching ‘Northern Book Prize’

A renowned publisher leaving London for Sheffield has launched a northern literary award to celebrate its arrival.

Fine literature publisher And Other Stories last night unveiled the ‘Northern Book Prize’ to recognise and reward untapped northern talent.

Speaking about the move from London, Stefan Tobler, Founder of And Other Stories, and Tara Tobler, writer and fiction editor, said: “Everybody knows that publishing in the UK is too white, too middle-class and too London-centric, making it difficult for the books we publish to reflect the 55.4 million Brits who live outside the capital”.

The new prize will now form part of the annual Northern Writers’ Awards set up by New Writing North in 2000.

The group supports northern authors and says the awards aid “both new and established writers to develop their work towards publication and to progress their careers as writers”.

Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North, said: “We are delighted to be working with And Other Stories on the Northern Book Prize. We know from our experiences running the Northern Writers’ Awards that there’s a huge range of exciting and diverse talent in the North of England.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming submissions to this wonderful new prize, which will provide the winning writer with a unique, valuable and career-changing opportunity.”

For winning the award, authors can expect £5,000 and a contract for their work to have worldwide publication, distribution and representation from And Other Stories.

Submissions for the 2018 prize are open from 16 November until 1 February.

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