Prizes: Genre

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Genre

Prize money: £2,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 24/11/2017
Shortlist announced: 04/12/2017
Winner(s) announced: 29/01/2018

In 1972, soon after the death of André Simon, the André Simon Memorial Fund was set up. It was started as a charitable fund by a group of people who felt that the memory of André Simon should be perpetuated. One objective of the Fund is to benefit the public generally in the fields of food and drink, and one of the ways in which the Fund meets this objective is through its Book Awards. The Trustees of the André Simon Memorial Fund announce that they will make awards to the winning authors of new works published in 2017. There …

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Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 15/09/2017
Winner(s) announced: 03/10/2017

It’s the 12th year of the BBC National Short Story Award and No.1 bestselling author Joanna Trollope is chairing the judging panel for 2017. Known as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing today, Trollope is also a long-time short story writer. She has recently published her 20th novel, City of Friends. Joining her on the panel is a formidable line-up of writers who are prizewinners themselves: Eimear McBride (Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction); short story writer and academic Jon McGregor (IMPAC Award); Sunjeev Sahota (Encore Award); and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.

Read more about BBC National Short Story Award 2017

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Genre

Prize money: £2,500

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 26/10/2017

The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham (now better known for Poldark) for The Little Walls. Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA. Most of the awards are nominated by the book’s publishers. For details on schedule, on how to nominate and to submit nominations, visit http://cwadaggers.co.uk/cwa-daggers/

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Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 01/05/2018
Longlist announced: 26/06/2018
Shortlist announced: 24/07/2018
Winner(s) announced: 13/10/2017

The Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.

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The Financial Times / McKinsey

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Genre

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 30/06/2018
Shortlist announced: 14/09/2018
Winner(s) announced: 12/11/2018

The winner of the £30,000 prize will go to the book that is judged to have provided the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, with £10,000 awarded to each runner-up.

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The Royal Society of Literature

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Genre

Prize money: £10,000/£5,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 02/10/2017
Winner(s) announced: 01/11/2017

The Royal Society of Literature is establishing annual awards for first-time writers of non-fiction – in perpetuity – because of a generous bequest from author and RSL Fellow Giles St Aubyn. Giles St Aubyn, who died in 2015 aged 89, wrote 14 non-fiction books and taught history for nearly 40 years at Eton College.

Read more about RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction

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Baillie Gifford

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Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/11/2017

The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to reward the best of non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is worth £30,000 to the winner.

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Genre

Prize money: $75,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 16/06/2018
Winner(s) announced: 17/11/2018

The Cundill History Prize recognizes and rewards the best history writing in English. A prize of US$75,000 is awarded annually to the book that embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal. The two runners-up each receive US$10,000. Administered by McGill University in Montreal and awarded by a distinguished jury, the Cundill History Prize honours the abiding passion for history of its founder, F. Peter Cundill, by encouraging informed public debate through the wider dissemination of history writing to new audiences around the world.

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William Hill

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Genre

Prize money: £29,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 25/08/2017
Longlist announced: 04/09/2017
Shortlist announced: 02/10/2017
Winner(s) announced: 28/11/2017

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year is an annual British sports literary award sponsored by bookmaker William Hill. The award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing and was first awarded in 1989.

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Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/11/2017

The World Fantasy Awards are a set of awards given each year for the best fantasy fiction published during the previous calendar year. Organised and overseen by the World Fantasy Convention, the awards are given each year at the eponymous annual convention as the central focus of the event.

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The Society of Authors

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Genre

Prize money: £1,000

An annual award of £1,000 for a short story, financed by a bequest made by Miss Nellie Tom-Gallon in memory of her brother.

Read more about The Tom-Gallon Trust Award

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Genre

Prize money: £5,000 for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with the Authors' Club

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 09/01/2018
Winner(s) announced: 01/02/2018

Launched in 2015, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards seek to celebrate the best travel writing, and travel writers, in the world. Awards in the 2016 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards: – Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with The Authors’ Club – £5,00 prize – Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing – Specsavers Fiction (with a Sense of Place) – Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year – National Book Tokens Children’s Travel Book of the Year – Lonely Planet Pathfinders Travel Blog of the Year – Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of The Year …

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JW3

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Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £4,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 01/11/2017
Shortlist announced: 02/01/2018
Winner(s) announced: 15/02/2018

The annual JQ Wingate Literary prize is awarded to the best book – fiction or non-fiction – to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. It is the only UK literary prize of its kind and, as such, attracts nominations from all over the globe. Previous winners include Amos Oz, Zadie Smith, Oliver Sacks, Otto Dov Kulka and David Grossman. Now in its 41st year, the £4,000 prize is run in association with JW3.

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Genres / categories

Genre

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 06/02/2017
Winner(s) announced: 13/03/2017

For just over fifty years, the Romantic Novelists’ Association has recognised and given awards for the very best in romantic fiction, with its ‘Romantic Novel of the Year’ and its ‘Love Story of the Year’ Awards. The awards are constantly evolving to keep pace with changes in the genre. Further Awards for Romantic Comedy of the Year and Historical Romantic Novel of the Year were added in 2011 and in 2012, the Awards were further extended, restructured and renamed. And in 2015, the RoNA Rose award, which was previously announced separately, was included as a category for the first time, competing with …

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Genre

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 31/12/2017
Winner(s) announced: 02/04/2018

The BSFA Awards are awarded each year to the best Novel, Short fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association. The BSFA awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary …

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Genre

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/04/2018

The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography was established in 2003 in affectionate memory of Elizabeth Longford, the acclaimed biographer, and is sponsored by Flora Fraser and Peter Soros. This £5,000 prize is awarded annually for a historical biography published in the preceding year.

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The Sunday Times / EFG Private Bank

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Genre

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 28/09/2017
Winner(s) announced: 26/04/2018

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest short story prize, with the winner presented with £30,000 and each of the shortlisted writers receiving £1,000. The award is given to a published writer, from any country, for a single short story of up to 6,000 words.   2018 WINNER *Courtney Zoffness wins 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story Peanuts Aren’t Nuts. Zoffness is only the second woman ever to win the prize. She triumphed over an all-American shortlist that included four other women. Click here for the full story.   Previous winners: 2017 – Half …

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Genre

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 08/09/2017
Longlist announced: 08/02/2018
Shortlist announced: 20/03/2018
Winner(s) announced: 30/04/2018

The Wellcome Book Prize is an annual award, open to new works of fiction or non-fiction. To be eligible for entry, a book should have a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness. This can cover many genres of writing – including crime, romance, popular science, sci fi and history. At some point, medicine touches all our lives. Books that find stories in those brushes with medicine are ones that add new meaning to what it means to be human. The subjects these books grapple with might include birth and beginnings, illness and loss, pain, …

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Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

Recognising the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing.

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Genre

Prize money: £40,000

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 02/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

Established in 1972, the Wolfson History Prize aims to recognise and reward the best historical writing produced in the UK. The annual prize of £40,000 is awarded to the author whose book is judged to best combine readability and excellence in research.

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Tenderstem

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Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 04/06/2018

The Awards are one of the highest accolades in food media and are organised by the membership organisation for professionals in the sector. Judged by members, the 14 awards celebrate the very best in professional food writing, broadcasting and publishing.

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Genres / categories

Genre, Multi-awards

Key dates

Shortlist announced: 10/05/2018
Winner(s) announced: 07/06/2018

The Sports Book Awards are the major annual promotion for sports writing and publishing, the awards exist to highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year, to showcase their merits and to enhance their reputation and profile. Awards: Autobiography of the Year International Autobiography of the Year Biography of the Year Cricket Book of the Year Football Book of the Year Rugby Book of the Year Cycling Book of the Year Illustrated Book of the Year New Writer of the Year Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCjb0n9BCHA

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Genre

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 19/06/2018

Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund prizes for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic, but not experimental, style.

Read more about The Betty Trask Prize and The Betty Trask Awards

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Genre

Prize money: £3,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 04/06/2018

The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, The Orwell Foundation awards prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. The Book Prize is for a book or pamphlet, whether fiction or non-fiction, first published in the calendar year preceding the year of the Prize. For example, the Orwell Prize 2017 is for work first published in the calendar year 2016. ‘Political’ is defined in the broadest sense, including (but not limited to) entries addressing political, social, cultural, moral and historical subjects.

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Tawani Foundation of Chicago

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Genre

Prize money: $100,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 04/06/2018

The Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing is a literary award given annually by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. First awarded in 2007, it is a lifetime achievement award for military writing, sponsored by the Tawani Foundation of Chicago.

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Genre

Prize money: £2018

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 31/07/2018

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain. The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a generous grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The winner is judged by a jury panel and selected from an initial shortlist of six eligible novels. The panel of judges is made up of a voluntary body of distinguished writers, critics and fans with …

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Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

This award is given to a literary autobiography of excellence, for which it is felt that J.R. Ackerley would have expressed enthusiasm. This prize was first awarded in 1982. Following the death of Joe Randolph Ackerley (1896 – 1967), author and long-time literary editor of The Listener magazine, his sister Nancy endowed a literary prize in his memory. Ackerley’s posthumous royalties continue to provide capital for this award. A longlist of eligible books is nominated by the judges, who are the Trustees of the fund set up for this purpose. The award is given to a literary autobiography of excellence, written by …

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PEN

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Genre

Prize money: £2,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

The Hessell-Tiltman prize of £2,000 is awarded annually for a non-fiction book of specifically historical content. Entrants are to be books of high literary merit – that is, not primarily written for the academic market – and can cover all historical periods. Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman was a member of PEN during the 1960s and 1970s. On her death in 1999 she bequeathed £100,000 to the PEN Literary Foundation to found a prize in her name.

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Theakston Old Peculier

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Genre

Prize money: £3,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

The Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award is the UK’s top crime-fiction award, sponsored by Theakston’s Old Peculier. It is awarded annually at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in the UK, held every July, as part of the Harrogate International Festivals.

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Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 06/08/2018

The James Tait Black Prizes for Fiction and Biography are awarded annually for the best works in each genre published in the previous year. The two awards, each of £10,000, are the only prizes of their kind to be presented by a university and they have acquired an international reputation for recognising excellence in biography and fiction. The prizes are Britain’s oldest literary awards. Founded in 1919 by Janet Coats, the widow of publisher James Tait Black, the prizes commemorate her husband’s love of good books.

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Wainwright Golden Beer

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Genre

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 16/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 05/07/2018
Winner(s) announced: 02/08/2018

The Wainwright Prize seeks to reward the best writing on the outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing and is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer. The prize will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing and culture and a celebration of the outdoors. The 2017 winner was Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJb4X2XmTVE  

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Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 29/09/2017

The British Fantasy Awards are administered annually by the British Fantasy Society (BFS) and were first awarded in 1976. The current award categories are Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award), Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award), Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Independent Press, Best Artist, Best Anthology, Best Collection, Best Comic/Graphic Novel, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award), while the Karl Edward Wagner Award for “important contribution to the genre or the Society” is given at the discretion of the BFS committee. The membership of the BFS vote to determine the shortlists of …

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Genre

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 19/09/2017

Since 1988 the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize has celebrated outstanding popular science writing and authors. Open to books written for a non-specialist audience, hundreds of entries are submitted by publishers from all over the world. Over the decades, the Prize has celebrated some notable winners including Bill Bryson, Stephen Hawking, Brian Greene and more recently Andrea Wulf. Each year the panel of expert judges comprising eminent scientists, authors and media personalities choose the book that they believe makes popular science writing compelling and accessible to the public.

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