Prizes: Literary fiction & poetry

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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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Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 02/10/2017

The Gordon Burn Prize is a partnership between the Gordon Burn Trust, New Writing North, Durham Book Festival and Faber & Faber. The winning writer receives a cheque for £5,000 and is offered the opportunity to undertake a writing retreat of up to three months at Gordon Burn’s cottage in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders.

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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.

Read more about Polari First Book Prize

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Man Group

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Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £50,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 24/07/2018
Shortlist announced: 20/09/2018
Winner(s) announced: 16/10/2018

The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales.

Read more about The Man Booker Prize

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Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 23/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 29/09/2018
Winner(s) announced: 14/11/2018

The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best.

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Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £2,000/£5,000

The Saltire Society Literary Awards have a proud history of celebrating and bringing wider attention to excellence in all literary forms and is now Scotland’s foremost literary awards. From poetry and plays to novels and non-fiction, the Saltire Literary Awards are a testament to the outstanding calibre of modern Scottish literature in all its varied forms. The Awards celebrate and support literary and academic excellence across six distinct categories with the winner of each of the individual book categories going forward to be considered for the Saltire Book of the Year Award. Previous winners include Michel Faber, Alisdair Gray, Liz …

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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.

Read more about The Baillie Gifford Prize

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Established by the Portico Library, Manchester in 1985, the Portico Prize for Literature is awarded biennially to the highest quality books set wholly or mainly in the North of England and is supported by the Arts Council England and The Zochonis Charitable Trust. The Portico Prize celebrates the strong regional and literary identity of the North of England with the aim of raising awareness of the diversity of its cultural, literary and historical heritage. The Portico Library has a long association with northern writers, many of whom have been, or are members of the Library. The Portico Library is a …

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The Society of Authors

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £4,000

Tom McKitterick, the former editor of Political Quarterly and author of an unpublished novel, endowed the McKitterick Prize which was first awarded in 1990. It is given annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished.

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The Society of Authors

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Literary fiction & poetry

The Eric Gregory Awards, for a collection by poets under the age of 30, were founded in 1960 by the late Dr Eric Gregory for the encouragement of young poets.

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The Society of Authors

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Literary fiction & poetry

W. Somerset Maugham set up a fund in 1947 to enable young writers to enrich their work by gaining experience of foreign countries. The awards are given for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

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The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £5,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 02/06/2018
Shortlist announced: 29/10/2018
Winner(s) announced: 07/12/2018

The Sunday Times/ Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award is an annual award, made possible by the Sunday Times and the literary agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop, in association with the University of Warwick. The prize of £5,000 is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years. There are three awards of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be the work of the most outstanding literary merit. The result of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + …

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JW3

Genres / categories

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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Rathbones

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £20,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

The Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK. All genres and all forms of literature are eligible, except work written primarily for children. The format of first publication may be print or digital. The Prize will be awarded in May for books published in the previous calendar year.

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Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

Launched in 2006, the annual International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers, aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. It celebrates and nurtures international literary excellence. The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. Dylan Thomas, the quintessential adolescent writer, was ideally suited to serve as an inspiration to young writers everywhere. The freshness and immediacy of his writing were qualities that he never lost. The Prize seeks to ensure that readers today will have the …

Read more about The International Dylan Thomas Prize

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 01/05/2018

A national competition aimed at finding, supporting & promoting new and undiscovered works.

Read more about The People’s Book Prize

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 24/11/2017
Longlist announced: 23/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 27/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 20/06/2018

The Desmond Elliott Prize is an annual award for a first novel written in English and published in the UK. Worth £10,000 to the winner, the prize is named after the literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors is commemorated with this award. The Desmond Elliott Prize is given to a debut novel from any genre. The judges look for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting characters and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. Every winner since the first in 2008 has gone on to be shortlisted for, and in many …

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International, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: €100,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 06/11/2017
Shortlist announced: 05/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 13/06/2018

Books are nominated  for the Award by invited public libraries in cities throughout the world – making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library. Each year a panel of distinguished international judges is put in place under a non-voting chair. They have the epic task of considering each book from the longlist and narrowing it down to a shortlist of up to 10 titles. They must then enter deliberations to come up with the final winner by June of each year. The Award is given annually. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to …

Read more about International Dublin Literary Award

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £2000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 27/06/2018

The Cholmondeley Awards for Poets were founded by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley in 1966 to recognise the achievement and distinction of individual poets.

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Deloitte / Baileys / Natwest

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £30,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 08/03/2018
Shortlist announced: 23/04/2018
Winner(s) announced: 06/06/2018

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Previously known as the Baileys Prize for Fiction until 2016 and the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012, the prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The award celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world. Through the initiatives and promotions set up by the WPFF, even appearing on the shortlist significantly boosts a novel’s sales and ensures an author’s work will be promoted in bookshops and libraries …

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International, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000

Key dates

Submissions deadline: 31/01/2018
Winner(s) announced: 02/07/2018

The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.   *Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika wins 2018 Caine Prize of £10,000 for short story Fanta Blackcurrant. Click here to read full story.   Previous winners: 2017: The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra Al-Fadil, translated by Max Shmookkler. …

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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 …

Read more about PEN Ackerley Prize

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.

Read more about The James Tait Black Prizes

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £10,000/£5,000/£1,000

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 21/09/2017

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most coveted awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland: they have played an key role in bringing contemporary poetry to the attention of the wider public for quarter of a century. They were set up in 1991 by philanthropist William Sieghart to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience, and are awarded to published poets for work in print in the last year. The three prizes – £10,000 for Best Collection, £5,000 for Best First Collection and £1,000 for Best Single Poem – are unique in honouring both the work of established poets …

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Sponsors / partners

Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland Financial Services

Genres / categories

Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £2,500

Key dates

Winner(s) announced: 06/09/2017

The New Angle Prize for Literature is a £2,500 biennial award sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland Financial Services, for a book of literary merit set in or influenced by the region of East Anglia.

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