Gump Wins Von Shorthausen Prize

3 Nov

An announcement from the judging committee of the Von Shorthausen Prize for Literature.

TJ2 3D Cover Cleaned No ShadowWe are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Von Shorthausen Prize for Literature is Augustus Gump for his ground-breaking work, The Rise and Fall of T. John Dick. This searing indictment of modern office life with all its contradictions and absurdities stood out from the pack by its lyrical prose and sparkling dialogue. It also stood out by virtue of being the only nomination to have made it past the unfortunate technical problems which have plagued the launch of this ambitious new literary competition. We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all those authors and publishers who attempted to log on to the website to file their applications for consideration by the nominating committee. We are working round the clock to fix these problems, caused by the sheer volume of applications, approaching plural figures. We are confident that the system will be working in time for the 2014 prize.

Since 2013, the Von Shorthausen Prize has been awarded annually to an outstanding work of fiction featuring a bloke with glasses on the cover. To guarantee impartiality, the members of the nominating and judging committees chaired by Professor Von Shorthausen remain anonymous during and after the competition. Thus protected from outside influences, the judges read through literally dozens of pages, often more, to arrive at their decision, which is announced in October of each year.

“I am delighted to have won such a prestigious prize, especially in the face of such fierce competition from so many brilliant authors writing books with blokes with glasses on the cover,” commented Augustus Gump. I hope that my success will act as a boost for all those writing in this under-appreciated genre.”

Von Shorthausen Check

Augustus Gump presents Professor Von Shorthausen with his award check. The Von Shorthausen Prize is unique among literary prizes in that the chairman of the judging panel receives a check from the winner, rather than the other way around.

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