Nominations are now open for the Reader's Choice, and it's very easy to nominate: simply comment below the article explaining why a particular book should win.
The rest of the longlist will be taken from books publishers have sent - these will tend to be big presses, so this is really your chance to give a smaller press and less-known individual the spotlight.
I was very grateful to be the Reader's Choice two years ago, and chuffed that my nomination (May-Lan Tan) made it the next year. I think I might have to abstain from commenting this time around!
The shelves are full to bursting, the judges hunched in concentration as they pore over submissions for the 2015 Guardian first book award. They’re looking to fill nine slots on this year’s longlist, to be announced in mid-August. But for the tenth, it’s over to you - and here’s your chance to tell us about the new voices we may have missed, the debuts so dynamic they demand to be in contention for the 2015 prize. Last year the readers’ selection was May-Lan Tan’s unsettling collection of short stories, Things to Make and Break, with the Anglo-Breton poet Claire Trévien’s The Shipwrecked House being chosen the year before. These follow poetry from Sarah Jackson and the inaugural readers’ choice, Juan Pablo Villalobos’s novel Down the Rabbit Hole. As that eclectic list suggests, we’re looking for first books in any form