Walter Scott Prize
Now in its seventh 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; The Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling in 2015, 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:
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.
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd (Bloomsbury)
A PLACE CALLED WINTER by Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)
MRS ENGELS by Gavin McCrea (Scribe UK)
END GAMES IN BORDEAUX by Allan Massie (Quartet)
TIGHTROPE by Simon Mawer (Little,Brown)
SALT CREEK by Lucy Treloar (Picador Australia)
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)
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’...