The Betty Trask Prize and The Betty Trask Awards

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Prize money: £10,000

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.

2018 Prize Winner: Omar Robert Hamilton for The City Always Wins (Faber) £10,000
Award Winners: Sarah Day for Mussolini’s Island (Tinder Press) £3,250, Clare Fisher for All the Good Things (Viking) £3,250, Eli Goldstone for Strange Heart Beating (Granta), Lloyd Markham for Bad Ideas\Chemicals (Parthian) £3,250 and Masande Ntshanga for The Reactive (Jacaranda) £3,250.