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Orange launches new writers prize
Diane Evans
Diane Evans is a creative writing graduate
Three authors have been shortlisted for the first Orange Award for new female writers, to be announced on 7 June.

Journalist Diana Evans has been chosen for her debut 26a, about twins living in London brought up by their Nigerian mother and dissatisfied British father.

New York-based Nell Freudenberger's Lucky Girls is a collection of short stories set in Asia.

The third contender is Meg Rosoff's How I Live, about a girl sent to England from New York for one "perfect summer".

Rosoff herself moved from New York to London in 1989, and has now settled in London with her husband and daughter.

The winner will receive a 10,000 bursary funded by Arts Council England, intended to help the writer pursue their chosen career as a novelist with greater freedom.

'Much cheer'

The Orange Award for new writers has been launched to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Orange Prize for Fiction, which celebrates women's writing.

The new writers award is open to any female debut authors writing in English.

"It really is a source of much cheer to see how vast the scope of new writing by women is, as exemplified by the three books on the shortlist," said Kamila Shamsie, head of the judging panel.

"What binds these books together is potential, ambition and the sheer class of writing."

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