Walter Scott Prize

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Now in its sixth year, the Walter Scott Prize has become a prestigious and distinctive star in the firmament of literary prizes.  Honouring the achievements of Sir Walter Scott, the founding father of the historical novel, the Prize rewards writing of exceptional quality with a setting of ‘Sixty Years Since’, echoing the subtitle of Scott’s most famous work, 
Waverley.  With a winner’s prize of £30,000, it rivals the biggest and best literary prizes in the UK.
The prize’s sponsors are the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, patrons of the arts and distant kinsmen of Scott. The Duke and Duchess host the Walter Scott Prize awards ceremony with a magnificent gathering and public event at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, in June.  A shortlist is announced in April.

To qualify, books must be written in English and first or simultaneously published in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth and submitted by their publisher.  Previous winners have been; An Officer and A Spy by Robert Harris in 2014 The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng in 2013; On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry in 2012; The Long Song by Andrea Levy in 2011; and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel in 2010.

For further information and a full set of rules please contact the prize administrator:

Rebecca Salt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. The prize is the first book award to recognise outstanding work in this burgeoning genre.

 

John Spurling has won the sixth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel set in imperial China, The Ten Thousand Things. The author was at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose to receive his prize from the Duke of Buccleuch on Saturday 13th June.
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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 19:22

WSP Author Spotlight - Martin Amis

Our final short-listed novel is set in Auschwitz - The Zone of Interest is Martin Amis’ 14th novel and tells the story of a Nazi officer who has become enamoured with the camp commandant’s wife - a dangerous and dark tale...
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Friday, 05 June 2015 10:31

WSP Author Spotlight - Kamila Shamsie

Short-listed for both The Walter Scott Prize and The Baileys Prize, it’s been a good year for Kamila Shamsie and her latest book, A God in Every Stone, which is set exactly 100 years ago, when our world was changing dramatically during the throes of WW1…
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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:50

WSP Author Spotlight - John Spurling

John Spurling wrote his first play at twelve years old, he went on to write many more, he's been journalist, critic and has written four novels, his latest, Ten Thousand Things is nominated for the 2015 Walter Scott Prize, follow the link to read about his book and see what he thinks of being shortlisted for the WSP in our Q & A's...
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 07:26

WSP Author Spotlight - Damon Galgut

In his novel, Arctic Summer,  South African author Damon Galgut places us on board the SS Birmingham in 1912 as it steams towards India carrying novelist Morgan Forster, as he ponders his future the seeds of a story begin to grow in his mind, that  story eventually becomes A Passage to India…
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:57

WSP Author Spotlight - Hermione Eyre

Hermione Eyre has been shortlisted for her debut novel Viper Wine - it tells the story of the explorer and diplomat Sir Kenelm Digby and his wife Venetia, an English society beauty searching for the secret of eternal youth…
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:16

WSP Author Spotlight - Adam Foulds

This week we’re taking a look at author Adam Foulds and his searingly real evocation of war, we’ve also asked him a few questions about his writing…
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 07:05

WSP Author Spotlight - Helen Dunmore

In our first Walter Scott Prize Author Spotlight we take a look at Helen Dunmore and her novel The Lie, we've also asked her a few questions about her work...
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The shortlist for the £30,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2015 has been announced, at a reception at 50 Albemarle Street, the London home of Walter Scott’s original publisher John Murray.  The much-anticipated shortlist comprises seven titles, reflecting the astonishing breadth and diversity of books entered in a bumper year for the Prize. 
The shortlist is:
THE ZONE OF INTEREST by Martin Amis (Jonathan Cape)
THE LIE by Helen Dunmore (Windmill)
VIPER WINE by Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape)
IN THE WOLF’S MOUTH by Adam Foulds (Jonathan Cape)
ARCTIC SUMMER by Damon Galgut (Atlantic)
A GOD IN EVERY STONE by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury)
THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by John Spurling (Duckworth)

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Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:33

Walter Scott Prize longlist announced

On February 24, the Chairman and Judges of the Walter Scott Prize announced the longlisted books for the 2015 prize...

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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’...

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