We are very pleased to announce that Dan Lipscombe, who followed the Prize in 2013 on his blog, Utter Biblio, has organised a team of six literary bloggers and reviewers to shadow the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize.

The shadow judges will read all 10 of the longlisted books, predict their own version of the shortlist and following that, the winner of the Prize. They aim to offer another view on the nominated books and, importantly, they plan to have fun reading and writing about the books.

Lipscombe believes that “literary awards, and the support that they can generate, are especially important for debut novelists. The bloggers taking part in the shadowing scheme feel that what The Desmond Elliott Prize does in particular is vital for the future of great British writing.”

We are very pleased to announce that the 2014 shadow judges are: Daniel Lipscombe at Utter Biblio; Heather Lindskold at Between the Covers; Jackie Bailey at Farmlane Books; David Hebblethwaite at Follow the Thread; Kaite Welsh at her blog; and reader and reviewer, Sarah Noakes.

More details about those involved can be found here:

Dan Lipscombe has been blogging about books since 2010 and resides at Utter Biblio. In doing this he gets to talk about his passion for the written word and join discussions about books. A firm supporter of debut novelists, he has had an interest in The Desmond Elliott Prize for some time. He is a freelance writer and reviewer, writing for websites including Bookanista, We Love This Book and Litro. He is also a part of the Essex Book Festival.

Heather Lindskold resides in the U.S. and has been blogging about books since January 2011. She began Between the Covers as a way to keep her mind active, to share her love of books with others, and to meet new people.

Jackie Bailey gave up her job as an analytical chemist to look after her sons. She began reviewing books as a way to keep herself intellectually stimulated and has now been blogging at Farm Lane Books for over five years. She has a particular interest in book awards and also loves discovering a debut novel to read.

David Hebblethwaite has been an avid reader since childhood, and can’t imagine life without books. He writes reviews for websites including Fiction Uncovered and We Love This Book, and manages his own blog at Follow the Thread.

Kaite Welsh is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the Independent, Guardian and New Statesman. She reviews fiction and non-fiction for The Times Literary Supplement, Independent on Sunday, Literary Review and Publishers Weekly. She can also be found writing on her own blog.

Sarah Noakes has worked for over 20 years in the IT department of the local council, specialising in web mapping. An avid reader, this year Sarah has joined the Goodreads community, reviewing books whenever she can.