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Grants & Prizes

The Society of Authors administers a number of grants and prizes for writers.


Grants for works in progress: The Authors' Foundation and the K Blundell Trust assist writers with research costs or to 'buy time' to write, and grants totalling over £100,000 are awarded each year. Find out more

Grants for writers in need: The Charitable Trusts provide financial relief for professional authors or their dependents in financial difficulty. Find out more


The Authors' Awards: These prizes for fiction, non-fiction and poetry are worth £76,000 in prize money.
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The ALCS Award for Educational Writing: This prize is for an outstanding example of traditionally published non-fiction that enhances teaching and learning. Read more

The British Council ELT Writing Award: This prize is for an outstanding contribution by an English Language Teaching author or authors. Read more

Radio Drama Awards: The Imison and Tinniswood Awards honour original radio drama scripts by established writers and writers new to radio. The Imison Award | The Tinniswood Award

Translation Prizes:  Prizes for literary translations into English from the Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. Read more

The Society of Biology Book Awards: Three prizes honouring undergraduate and postgraduate textbooks, and general biology books for a non-specialist readership. Read more


Encore Award: Up until 2011 the Society of Authors administered the Encore Award for the best second novel. For further information about the next Encore Award, see www.encoreaward.com

The Richard Asher Prize: We regret that the Richard Asher Prize (for a medical textbook for undergraduates) is no longer running. For further information, please contact Sarah Baxter.


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