A Few Good Books Update

Following several months of hard reading we have finally worked our way through all the manuscripts submitted to our A Few Good Books opening. This process took longer than we anticipated, due in part to the overwhelming volume of texts submitted, and we’d like to thank authors for their patience as we worked our way through their writing. In total we received just over 170 submissions, from which we drew up a longlist of 45 titles. There was a great deal of quality in those longlisted titles, leaving us with many more possibilities than we could have prudently coped with. After much thought and careful assessment, we are now considering six books from the list for publication. This comprises of two novels, two short story collections, a memoir and a diary. We look forward to making more announcements on these titles as we progress. All authors who submitted have now been contacted.

Our current submission round is to seek out Yorkshire’s next great young novelist, and we are soliciting submissions from authors aged 18-30 who live in Yorkshire. The deadline for entries in 31 May 2011. We are not currently seeking submissions outside this category, but anticipate that we will post new guidelines once this process is cleared, probably some time in the autumn.

A Route For Fiction

Today we got confirmation from Arts Council England that our application to Grants for the Arts, ‘A Route For Fiction’ has been successful. It’s great news for us and for writers. There’ll be a few good books on the way.

We’ve three stunning novels set for release this year, including one in translation, and  this award will really help us get behind these titles and help them find the audience they deserve. The award also gives great support for us to afford time to develop some manuscripts in our Few Good Books submission round. We recently longlisted a number of titles from that round and we can now confidently draw up a shortlist in the coming month or two. It goes without saying that the award will allow us to pick up more titles than we would have been able to without it.

The hard work starts now, but we look forward to it and offer our sincere thanks of gratitude to Arts Council England for supporting us.

A Few Good Books Stack

The dealine for our open submission guidelines passed on 31 August and the photo above is what we came back to after our summer holidays. If you sent in a book proposal for A Few Good Books, then it will be in there somehwere. There’s just over 160 proposals which should keep us busy reading over the next few months. It’s our plan to make our way through them over the autumn and hopefully we’ll be able to commission some books, we’ll do our best. Many thanks for those of you who submitted. As always, it’s a very humbling experience opening those envelopes and seeing the work inside. We’ll be in touch.

Ian Daley, Editor