A great fun non-prize, Not the Booker Prize 2010, is being fought for on the Guardian blog site. The prize is a lovely Guardian cup!
It is meant to be a bit of an antidote to The Man Booker Prize and aims to highlight forgotten books from the Booker shortlist and also gives less well-known authors a shot.
Some of the nominees so far include:
-Jon McGregor Even the Dogs
-Lee Rourke The Canal
-David Mitchell The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
-Gerald Woodward Nourishment
-Tom Fletcher The Leaping
There are plenty more. I actually haven't read a lot of these books but am currently reading Even the Dogs. It is enjoyable so far but I am not completely convinced thus far.
I think this is a great opportunity for lesser known authors to get on a longlist and/or shortlist, as they rarely get a chance otherwise. This is why I threw Ellipsis into the hat also!
So if you want to nominate someone you enjoyed reading in the last year and you think deserves more recognition, pop along to the blog and cast your vote. You MUST nominate something this week in order to vote on the longlist when it goes up next week.
Have fun! x