Republic of Consciousness

2020 Prize

Submissions are currently open for the 2020 prize. They close on 30th November 2019.

We will be announcing a longlist in January 2020. We will be holding a celebratory small-press fair at University of East Anglia in Norwich in February 2020. We will announce our 2020 winner(s) in London in March 2020.

Key criteria:

  • Only one novel or collection of short stories per publisher. The submitted book must be published in 2019 (calendar-year) in physical form. No digital-only work. (Sorry)

  • The prize is for literary fiction published by small presses, which we’ve broadly defined as having fewer than 5 fulltime paid employees.  

  • No self-published novels will be considered. (Sorry)

  • UK and Ireland presses only. (Sorry)

  • You may submit any of your publications from 2019, but please ensure it lives up to our most key criteria: Hardcore Literary Fiction and Gorgeous Prose. (Thanks)

  • The book must be in English, or translated into English.

  • Collections of short stories must be by a single author.

If you are a small press and would like to submit a book, please fill in the form below, and we’ll send you a form. Or directly contact James at jwtookey[at]gmail[dot]com if you have any questions.

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Our 2020 judging panel is:

Roland Gulliver

Roland joined the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2007 where he is now Associate Director. Previously he worked in Belgium for 6 years as Arts Manager at the British Council and created the Glasgow Programme for the Six Cities Design Festival. He was a judge for the 2017 SAY Award and is an Academy Member for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

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Sophie Lewis

Sophie is an editor and a translator from French and Portuguese. Previously Europe office manager at Dalkey Archive Press and senior editor at And Other Stories, she is currently managing editor at the Folio Society. In 2018 her translation of Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait was shortlisted for the Scott Moncrieff and Republic of Consciousness prizes. In 2016 she co-founded Shadow Heroes, a workshop series for students on critical thinking through translation:

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Sam Mills

Sam studied English at Oxford University. She is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self (Corsair) and several award-winning YA novels publisher by Faber. Her next book, a memoir about being a carer, The Fragments of my Father, will be published by Fourth Estate in 2020. She has contributed to various anthologies, including Know Your Place (Dead Ink) and Disturbing the Beast (Boudicca Press).She is the co-founder and MD of indie press Dodo Ink.


They will be joined by representatives of the University of East Anglia Creative Writing Programme at the long-list stage.