Eley Williams has won the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses

  • Hackney-based independent publisher Influx Press has won the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses for its title Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams.

    Influx Press, an outfit run out of east London by Kit Caless, Gary Budden and Sanya Semakula, published Williams’ debut collection last year. The book, which is centred upon the difficulties of communication, has gone on to earn widespread critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, The Telegraph, the New Statesman, and the London Review of Books, and has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

    Neil Griffiths, the founder of the prize, said Influx's achievement was "exactly what the Republic of Consciousness Prize was set up to reward".
    "A small press that is so focussed on what it wants to publish it can see unusually brilliant writing more clearly – especially when it comes to short stories", he said. “Eley Williams is that rare thing, a deeply serious writer working on a playful level. In the middle of her story 'Smote', I was floored. I realised I was reading a prose poet of a very high calibre indeed, and I said to myself: this book will win. The judges agreed.”

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