Dakota Canon takes £1,000 prize, for The Unmaking of Eden
The 2019 Caledonia Novel Award has gone to American writer Dakota Canon, for The Unmaking of Eden. Canon receives £1,000 and a trophy designed by Edinburgh artist Astrid Jaekel. The award, for unpublished and self-published works of fiction, attracted more than 350 entries.
Highly commended, and winner of the prize for the best novel from the UK and Ireland, was Emily Ruth Ford for Elinor Snow. Ford wins a place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre.
Victoria Hobbs, literary agent and director at AM Heath, announced the winner. She said: "The Unmaking of Eden is a brilliant, epic, immersive piece of storytelling. In Eden we have an unforgettable heroine whose escape from a commune sets in motion a series of events which had me genuinely unable to put the book down until I had finished. Not only is it an exciting read, it is also emotionally engaging and beautifully written. It is hard to believe that it is the work of a first-time writer, such is the confidence and sophistication of the storytelling."