Walter Scott Prize
WALTER SCOTT PRIZE 2014 OPENS FOR ENTRIES...
The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2014 is now open for submissions, for books published during 2013. Books may be submitted by publishers only, and the deadline for entries is 31st January 2014.
Now in its fifth 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 £25,000, 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, and they 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 by authors from the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. Previous winners have been 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 and submission form, 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.
The Malaysian writer author Tan Twan Eng has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his second novel The Garden of Evening Mists. He travelled from his home in South Africa to be at the ceremony, and was awarded his prize by the Duke of Buccleuch at a special event at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose tonight.
Our final shortlisted author for this years Walter Scott Prize is Rose Tremain who's nominated for her novel Merivel. We first met Robert Merivel in the days of Restoration, now we find him years later, has he mellowed into middle age? Merivel continues the story of this complex and fascinating man…
Shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize and winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012, we're delighted the Twan is joining us at this years Festival, not only for the Walter Scott Prize ceremony, but to be part of our 'Best Historical Fiction' event too...
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.