Mosts of the finalists this year are debut writers, the Guardian reports.
One volume of poetry (Sinéad Morrissey's The State of the Prisons) has made it through. The other finalists are fiction:
Rebecca Ray - NewfoundlandI liked (but am still pondering) this quote from Lemn Sissay, the only poet on the judging panel:
Rana Dasgupta - Tokyo Cancelled
Uzodinma Iweala - Beasts of No Nation
Peter Hobbs - The Short Day Dying
Rachel Zadok - Gem Squash Tokoloshe
Poetry is the concentrated juice of the novel.