Jasper Dorgan

Jasper Dorgan

Bookshed writer Jasper Dorgan has seen his debut novel ‘The Open Arms of the Sea‘ shortlisted for the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize.

Author Neil Gaiman and broadcaster Kirsty Lang are among the judges for the prize, which includes a book deal and £10,000, the largest cash award for unpublished work in the UK.

Works from debut novelists in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States made the shortlist of 10, from more than 400 original entries.

Gill Tasker, Joint Managing Director of Cargo, said, “We’re delighted that once again the Dundee International Book Prize has seen strong entries from all over the world. Our congratulations go to all the finalists and we’re very excited at the prospect of publishing the winner later this year.”

Will Dawson, Convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said, “Dundee’s position on the world literary map has been well and truly cemented by the Book Prize and to have a short list made up of writers from three continents speaks volumes about the reach of the prize, the city and the positive reputation that has been developed.”

The shortlist for the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize is:

  • A Village Drowned – Sheena Lambert (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Some Things the English – Rachel J Fenton (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Ida – Amy Mason (Bristol, England)
  • Daughters of the House of Love – Veronica Birch (West Country, England)
  • Under the Tamarind Tree – Rosaliene Bacchus (California, USA)
  • The Open Arms of the Sea – Jasper Dorgan (Wiltshire, England)
  • The Dreaming – Suzy Norman (London, England)
  • Out Like a Lion – Robin Martin (New York, USA)
  • Cats in a Pipe – Lora Hughes (Yorkshire, England)
  • Sea Never Dry – Ben East (Virginia, USA)

The 2014 shortlist will now be whittled down to three finalists before the eventual winner is announced at a gala dinner during the annual Dundee Literary Festival in October.

The Open Arms of the Sea is available in paperback, Kindle and Smashwords versions.