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Grace McCleen, winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2013

The Betty Trask Prize and Awards

Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund a prize for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a romantic or traditional, but not experimental, style.


  • The prize money must be used for foreign travel
  • The prize is open to published and unpublished novels
  • The deadline for the 2014 Betty Trask Prize and Awards has passed. Details of the 2015 Prize and Awards will be posted in due course

The 2013 Prize (£8,000)


Grace McCleen for The Land of Decoration (Chatto and Windus).

Judges: Elizabeth Buchan, Peter Kemp and Fay Weldon.




The 2013 Awards

Chibundu Onuzo for The Spider King's Daughter (Faber) received £7,000, Francesca Segal for The Innocents (Chatto and Windus) received £2,500, and Will Wiles for Care of Wooden Floors (Fourth Estate). Each received £2,500.

Judges: Elizabeth Buchan, Peter Kemp and Fay Weldon.



Pictured above, left to right: Chibundu Onuzo, Will Wiles and Francesca Segal.


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