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Grants and Prizes

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Authors’ Awards 2009

Prizes for fiction, non-fiction and poetry

2009 winners

The 2009 prize winners were announced on Thursday 18th June during the Society of Authors Literary Awards Reception at the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly.

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The prizes

The Cholmondeley Awards totalling £8,000 are awarded annually to honour distinguished poets. Submissions are not accepted.

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The Olive Cook and Tom-Gallon Awards are both prizes of £1,000 for a short story. They are each awarded biennially, in alternate years. Published and unpublished stories may be entered.

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The Encore Award is a prize of £10,000 for the best published second novel of the year. Entry is by the publisher.

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The Eric Gregory Awards totalling £24,000 each year are awarded to British poets under the age of 30 on the basis of a submitted collection. Published and unpublished collections may be entered.

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The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography is a prize of £5,000 for the best published historical biography of the year. No unsolicited submissions are accepted.

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The Somerset Maugham Awards totalling £12,000 each year are awarded to British authors under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Entry is by the publisher.

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The McKitterick Prize of £4,000 is awarded for a first novel by an author over the age of 40. Published and unpublished novels can be entered.

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The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award of £5,000 is awarded to a British author under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Entry is by publisher.

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The Betty Trask Prize and Awards
totalling £25,000 are awarded to authors under the age of 35 for a first novel, published or unpublished.

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The Travelling Scholarships
are honorary awards made annually to British writers. Submissions are not accepted. Find out more