The Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award
The Encore Award was first presented in 1990 to celebrate the achievement of outstanding second novels. The award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes by celebrating the achievement of outstanding second novels. The RSL has administrated of the award since 2016.
Literary lore as well as practice tells us that second novels are ever the most daunting. They even have a syndrome named after them. That’s why I’ve always been particularly fond of the Encore Award, the brilliant prize that acknowledges the difficulties of the second novel. I’m thrilled that the RSL will now be a partner in its running. Lisa Appignanesi, RSL Chair.
The 2018 Award
We are delighted to announce that the £10,000 Encore Award 2018 for best second novel of the year is jointly awarded to Andrew Michael Hurley for Devil’s Day (John Murray) and Lisa McInerney for The Blood Miracles (John Murray).
Chair of the judges, Alex Clark comments: ‘Prize juries are reluctant to split awards – probably because it looks either as though they can’t make up their minds, or that there was deadlock. Happily, neither occurred in this case: we simply couldn’t put a cigarette paper between these two splendid novels and wanted to acknowledge and reward them both. But we’d also like to make absolutely clear that our decision doesn’t diminish the rest of what was a brilliant shortlist – each author more than earned their place and we’d like to congratulate all of them heartily. Third novels all round, please.’
Please read the press release for more information.
The shortlist for the 2018 Encore Award:
- Claire Fuller Swimming Lessons (Fig Tree)
- Andrew Michael Hurley Devil’s Day (John Murray)
- Lisa McInerney The Blood Miracles (John Murray)
- Fiona Melrose Johannesburg (Corsair)
- Chibundu Onuzo Welcome To Lagos (Faber & Faber)
- Natasha Pulley The Bedlam Stacks (Bloomsbury Circus)
The 2018 judges for are the literary journalist Alex Clark (Chair), poet and children’s writer Julia Copus, and Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre.
The winners were announced on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
Press enquiries should be sent to Annette Brook, Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7845 4680.
|2017||Ian McGuire||The North Water|
|2015||Sunjeev Sahota||The Year of the Runaways|
|2014||Neel Mukherjee||The Lives of Others|
|2013||Evie Wyld||All the Birds, Singing|
|2012||Ned Beauman||The Teleportation Accident|
|2011||Joe Dunthorne||Wild Abandon|
|2010||Adam Foulds||The Quickening Maze|
|2007||M.J. Hyland||Carry Me Down|
|2005||Nadeem Aslam||Maps for Lost Lovers|
|2004||Michelle de Kretser||The Hamilton Case|
|2003||Jeremy Gavron||The Book of Israel|
|2002||Ali Smith||Hotel World|
|2001||Anne Enright||What Are You Like?|
|2000||Claire Messud||The Last Life|
|1999||Christina Koning||Undiscovered Country|
|These Demented Lands|
I could Read the Sky
|1997||David Flusfeder||Like Plastic|
|1996||A.L. Kennedy||So I Am Glad|
|1995||Dermot Healy||A Goat’s Song|
|1994||Amit Chaudhuri||Afternoon Raag|
|1993||Colm Tóibín||The Heather Blazing|
|1991||Carey Harrison||Richard’s Feet|
|Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn|
A Lesser Dependency