Republic of Consciousness prize was organized to encourage and reward “brave, bold and brilliant” small presses for risk taking on “niche fiction”. The inaugural Republic of Consciousness prize was won by the publishers Fitzcarraldo for publishing Counter narratives by John Keene.
Fitzcarraldo is a London-based independent publisher established in 2014. Last year it published an experimental collection of 13 stories and novellas written by John Keene last year.
The title was the unanimous choice of the six judges, who commented it a “once in a generation achievement for short-form fiction” and praised its “subject matter, formal inventiveness, multitude of voices, and seriousness of purpose”.
Novelist Neil Griffiths organized the prize The Republic of Consciousness prize last year to recognize the work of small publishers who take financial risks in publishing challenging and experimental fiction. Fitzcarraldo received the £3,000 top prize in a ceremony held at Fyvie Hall in London,.