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Old 10th Mar 2010, 18:16   #1
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Default Orange Prize for Fiction 2010

It's crept up out of nowhere and apologies if there's already a three mile-long thread on it here somewhere, but I see it's the Orange Prize for Fiction longlist announcement on March 17th.
I wasn't that sure of the criteria so here they are...

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The Orange Prize for Fiction is awarded to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English.

The prize is open to any full length novel, written in English by a woman of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in the United Kingdom between 1 April of the year before the prize is awarded and 31 March of the year in which the prize is awarded.

Although the novel's first UK publication must fall within these dates, it's still eligible if it was previously published in English elsewhere.

Translations of books originally written in other languages are not eligible for the prize.

Books of short stories and novellas (a novella is a story between 12,000 and 30,000 words long) are not eligible.
I can think of a few probables
Wolf Hall, The Little Stranger, The Children's Book

and I'd quite like to see

Heart & Minds ~ Amanda Craig
February ~ Lisa Moore
Eating Air ~ Pauline Melville

and so far so good with The Concert Ticket by Orla Grushin
There must be some more contenders....
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The Mistress of Nothing, Kate Pullinger

Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean has found a UK publisher, I think, but I see no indication it will be published within the deadline -- a longlist contender if it is.
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I'm looking forward to this after last year's excellent short list. With the number of prizes Wolf Hall has won, I'd be surprised if it doesn't turn up.

Edit: Rose Tremain's Trespass is a likely contender and I wonder if Clare Morrall's The Man Who Disappeared will feature (I abandoned it but I think the Orange long list will as usual be a mixed bag).
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dovegreyreader, don't expect The Children's Book to be a contender. Byatt forbids her publishers to submit her books for the Orange Prize.

What about Joyce Carol Oates? She made the longlist three times. Is Little Bird of Heaven eligible?
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Looking forward to the announcement of the longlist!
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Unlike the Booker, there does not seem to be a limit to the number of books a publisher can submit. I wonder how they cope with the number of books submitted.
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It's up to the book's publisher to enter a novel for the Orange Prize for Fiction and/or the Orange Award for New Writers, and to do so by the deadline date set for that year. In addition, the judges are free to call in novels that haven't been submitted.
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I didn't know that about AS Byatt, Crake, very interesting and piece on normblog a couple of years ago arguing very differently about the Orange.
Apropos of only a family connection, I started to read Margaret Drabble's latest memoir--y type offering The Pattern in The Carpet and had to give up very quickly. The sibling animosity is well documented and I often read denials of any hard feeling from both of them , but the sisterly barbs in the first few chapters were so evident it actually made for really unpleasant reading.
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The Mistress of Nothing, Kate Pullinger

Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean has found a UK publisher, I think, but I see no indication it will be published within the deadline -- a longlist contender if it is.
Would this clause cover it Kevin?

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Would this clause cover it Kevin?
My understanding is that the UK publication date determines eligibility, just like the Booker. So if Lyon is out by April 1, it would be this year -- if it appears later in the year, she would be eligible in 2011.

When is Catherine O'Flynn's new novel out (scheduled for July in North America, but that is not always a reliable indicator of UK publication date)? I'd certainly expect it to be a contender, whenever it is eligible.
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Unlike the Booker, there does not seem to be a limit to the number of books a publisher can submit. I wonder how they cope with the number of books submitted.
As a judge in newspaper awards once said to me when I was an editor/publisher submitting entries: "If the publisher can't put the entry in his top two or three, why on earth would any jury think it is the best?"

I can also report, from later on as a newspaper award judge myself, I more than once heard a fellow juror say the same thing and watched as all 10 entries were eliminated in one fell swoop.
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