Walter Scott Prize
The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction was founded in 2009, and honours the achievements and legacy of Sir Walter Scott, the founding father of the historical novel. Sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the prize is worth £25,000 to the winner, and is awarded at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose, in June every year.
The prize is the first book award to recognise outstanding work in this burgeoning genre, and was won in its inaugural year by Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, in 2011 by Andrea Levy’s The Long Song was the victor and the 2012 prize was won by Sebastian Barry's On Canaan's Side.
For the purposes of the Prize, a historical novel means that the majority of the events described take place at least 60 years before the publication of the novel, and therefore stand outside any mature personal experience of the author.
Submissions must be made by publishers, and the prize opens for entry in December for books published in that year. The award is open to historical novels first published in the United Kingdom, Ireland, or the Commonwealth. Publishers may submit up to three titles per imprint.
The prize rules and submission forms are available from: Rebecca Salt, the Walter Scott Prize, tel. 01620 829 800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian author Thomas Keneally is perhaps best known as author of Booker Prize winning Schindlers Ark. His new novel, The Daughters of Mars, is set during WW1. It is a profoundly affecting tale of love, courage and sacrifice and a searing evocation of the First World War from a fresh, female perspective…
Over the next six weeks, we’ll be spotlighting our Walter Scott Prize shortlisted authors and their novels. First up is Pat Barker who will be joining us at the Award Event. We’re delighted that she’s also taking part in the Britain’s Best Historical Fiction session on Saturday evening. Pat’s novel Toby’s Room, is a compelling read in which she revisits the battlefields of World War I…
The decision is in and we have a short-list for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction! We have six fantastic novels in contention, with settings ranging from Tudor and Restoration England to the slums of Victorian London, and from the bloody battlefields of the Western Front in World War One to the highlands of Malaysia during the ‘Malayan Emergency’...
The Irish author Sebastian Barry has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his 'epic and intimate' novel On Canaan's Side'.
The Walter Scott Prize committee were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Barry Unsworth earlier this week. His book The Quality of Mercy has been shortlisted for this year’s Walter Scott Prize, which will be announced on June 16th.
Our 6th and final nominated author is another Canadian, Esi Edugyan. Her latest novel, Half-Blood Blues is described as ‘an electric, heart-breaking story about music, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.’
Acclaimed Canadian novelist Patrick deWitt, is shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his second novel, The Sisters Brothers, which was also shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.
Acclaimed novelist and Walter Scott Prize nominee Alan Hollinghurst has confirmed he is joining us at this year’s Scott Prize award ceremony. Alan will be appearing at the historical fiction event as part of our illustrious panel which includes fellow nominees, Andrew Miller and Sebastian Barry!
JUST CONFIRMED - Costa Prize Winner and Walter Scott Prize nominated author, Sebastian Barry is joining us in Melrose, not only for the award ceremony but as part of our panel event, on Historical Fiction…..
As one of the six authors shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, we are delighted to welcome Andrew to the Borders Book Festival, not only to take part in the prize ceremony, but also to do a solo event about his hugely popular sixth novel, Pure…..
The shortlist for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction was announced by the Duke of Buccleuch, at the launch of the Borders Book Festival programme in Melrose. With settings ranging from pre-revolutionary France to the Wild West of the 1850s, via two World Wars, the shortlist of six books was chosen by a new panel of judges from novels published during 2011.