We’re delighted to unveil the shortlist for the 2022 Encore Award!

The annual Award of £10,000 celebrates outstanding achievements in second novels, filling a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes.

This year’s five shortlisted novels, as chosen by judges Sian Cain, Nikesh Shukla and Paul Muldoon, are:

The High House Jessie Greengrass (Swift Press)

Maxwell’s Demon Steven Hall (Canongate)

The Giant Dark Sarvat Hasin (Little Brown)

Light Perpetual Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)

Asylum Road Olivia Sudjic (Bloomsbury)

The judges commented: ‘To write a novel and see it published in normal times is a feat; to do so during a global pandemic is truly worth celebrating. It is a testament to the skill of all five nominated writers that this year’s shortlist is so strong, all bold and tender in the ways they examine the forces that shape us all – war, trauma, climate change, love. We were moved and thrilled by all of these books and hope readers will be too.’

Read the press release.