A Salty Catch Up
It has been such a busy time here at Salt HQ of late, with so much going on and planned for the next few months that we thought we’d take a bit of time out to update you all as to what’s happening.
In case you missed it, we have chosen the winners of the 2012 Scott and Crashaw Prizes for debut short story and poetry collections. Many congratulations to Scott Prize winners Carys Bray and Rob Roensch, and to Kaddy Benyon and Luke Heeley who won the Crawshaw Prize.
Further congratulations to Kaddy Benyon who has been selected as a Granta New Poet by guest judge Gillian Clarke. A piece by Gillian Clarke’s on Poetry in Britain can be found here, on the Granta.com website, and a feature on Kaddy, plus some of her poems are here.
Congratulations also to one of last year’s Scott Prize winners, A.J. Ashworth, whose book, Somewhere Else, or Even Here, has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. I have booked my train tickets for the award ceremony on the 5th of July and am keeping my fingers crossed for her. This is our third successive shortlisting for the Edge Hill Prize – last year, another Scott Prize winner, Tom Vowler won the highly coveted Edge Hill Readers’ Prize for his book, The Method – Tom has since secured a publishing contract with Headline for his first novel, which is being published next year.
We are also keeping our fingers and toes crossed for Padrika Tarrant, whose unforgettable novel, The Knife Drawer, has been shortlisted for the highly prestigious Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. The winner will be announced in London on the 6th June (unfortunately coinciding with our annual holiday) – wish Padrika luck!
Hot off the press is Best British Short Stories 2012, edited by Nicholas Royle – this anthology brings together the best short stories published over the course of last year, be it in print, on the web or mobile phone. Stories by Jeanette Winterson, Stuart Evers, Will Self, Alison MacLeod and Robert Shearman are a few of the delights in store for you.
Other fiction includes: A Girl’s Arm, a powerful collection of short stories by Welsh author Gee Williams; Braking Distance, a pamphlet of linked short stories by Calum Kerr, which formed part of his Flash 365 Project, featured on Radio 4, and Greetings From Below, by David Mullins, which won the Scott Prize in 2010.
We have also published several collections of poetry over recent weeks: our second collection of poetry from the wonderful John Hartley Williams, Pistol Sonnets; impressive debut collections from John Clegg — Antler, and Jon Stone — School of Forgery; The Restructure – the highly-anticipated third collection from Chris McCabe, The Departure – the long-awaited third collection from Chris Emery, which sees his work head off in a totally different direction, as well as two further pamphlets: The Graft by Tom Gilliver, and Some Bright Elegance, by Kayo Chingonyi.
We are very excited that 2012 sees the launch of our new crime and sci-fi/fantasy lists, headed up by editors Linda Bennett and Steve Haynes. Review copies are available of Laura Ellen Joyce’s debut crime novel The Museum of Atheism, and we are well into the proofing cycle of Joseph D’Lacey’s eco-horror Blood Fugue. We are also delighted to have taken on Nicholas Royle as fiction editor and Roddy Lumsden as poetry editor. Nick has commissioned a series of debut novelists, to be published later in the year, with review copies currently available for Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse, described by Margaret Drabble as being ‘a serious novel with a distinctive and unsettling atmosphere.’ We also have review copies available for Jonathan Taylor’s funny-yet-disturbing novel Entertaining Strangers.
More information on our up-and-coming books will be posted shortly. Meanwhile, if you are interested in any of these review copies, please email email@example.com
And last but not least:
Salt’s Jen has been interviewed by Proofreader Louise Harnby – you can read it here.
And finally, a big thank you to all of our readers — without you none of this would be worth doing!