All first works of fiction—including novels, short story collections and novellas—written by women of any age or nationality and published as a book in the United Kingdom are eligible to enter. The emphasis of the award is on emerging talent and the evidence of future potential. Works are judged for excellence, originality and accessibility, as well as promise.
The Boy Next Door
By Irene Sabatini
The short list contenders included:
The Book of Fires
By Jane Borodale
In 1752, a pregnant, 17-year-old Agnes Trussel runs away to survive in London's squalor. Working as an assistant to a firework-maker, she meets a gunpowder seller and hatches a plan that could save her, if only she can keep Mrs. Blight, a housekeeper with a thirst for hangings, from revealing her secrets.
After the Fire, a Still Small Voice
By Evie Wyld
After a turbulent relationship ends, Frank moves to a shack on Australia's east coast once owned by his grandparents. In this small coastal community, he tries to reinvent himself. But can Leon recover from his father's experience in the Korean War and his own experience in Vietnam?
Honorable Mention: Kissing Alice
By Jacqueline Yallop
The Orange Award for New Writer judges commended Jacqueline Yallop for her excellent novel, saying it "stood out for its compelling story and fine prose."
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