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Neil | 306 comments Some of you may remember the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses that was launched last year. This focuses on work published by the UK's small, independent presses. There is a lot of innovative fiction coming out of these presses and the long list (scheduled for December) will, I can guarantee, be well worth looking at.

They have just launched a campaign to raise additional funds for the prize pot (prize is shared between author and publisher). You can buy raffle tickets (the £10 option gets you entered into a raffle with books to be won!) or subscriptions to some of the presses involved.


I thoroughly recommend keeping an eye out for the online announcement of the long list (I'll post details here).

message 2: by Neil (new)

Neil | 306 comments Here's a link to the (relatively short) discussion on last year's list:


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Hugh (bodachliath) | 2624 comments Mod
Thanks Neil

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Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 181 comments The longlist for the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize is out.

The 13 books are - in alphabetical order by publisher:

1. Playing Possum by Kevin Davey (Aaaargh! Press)
2. Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patti Yumi Cottrell (And Other Stories)
3. The Gallows Pole by Ben Myers (Bluemoose Books)
4. An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B. by Jack Robinson (CB Editions)
5. Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz (Charco Press)
6. Gaudy Bauble by Isabel Waidner (Dostoevsky Wannabe)
7. Compass by Mathias Enard, tr. Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
8. Blue Self-Portrait by Noemi Lefevbre, tr. Sophie Lewis (Les Fugitives)
9. We That Are Young by Preti Taneja (Galley Beggar Press)
10. Attrib. and other stories by Eley Williams (Influx Press)
11. Darker With The Lights On on by David Hayden (Little Island Press)
12. In the Absence of Absalon by Simon Okotie (Salt Publishing)
13. The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo (Tramp Press)

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/pu... for a write up on each - or click through for reviews from myself, and three of the other judges who are also active goodreaders (Neil, Jackie Law, Gumble's Yard).

We are very proud of this list. Choosing a shortlist, let alone a winner is going to be very hard.

The great news for everyone is that - uniquely - you can get involved in two ways.

1. Support the crowd funding for the prize pool, and get yourself some great books in the process. GBP50 gets you the shortlist when chosen, and as little as GBP3 a chance of winning it in a raffle.


2. Your views on the books on GR may well influence at least 4 of the judges in our deliberations. We meet as a panel (of 12 bloggers, authors, booksellers and Goodreaders) to decide at the end of January - so get reading and let us know what you think.

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