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The Authors' Awards

The Authors' Awards honour new and established writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The 2014 Awards

£82,300 awarded to 29 authors and poets

27 June 2014

Writer and broadcaster A.L. Kennedy presented the Society of Authors’ awards at a reception at the Army and Navy Club on the 26 June. The Society's Chair, biographer Anne Sebba, introduced the event celebrating twenty-nine writers and the presentation of nine literary awards.

A.L. Kennedy presented five £1,500 Cholmondeley Awards to W.N. Herbert, Jeremy Hooker, John James, Glyn Maxwell and Denise Riley, for their body of work and contribution to poetry.

And for younger poets - five poets under 30 were awarded £4,000 Eric Gregory Awards, which is now in its 54th year. Four of the five winners (Sophie Collins, Emily Hasler, Martha Sprackland and Chloe Stopa-Hunt) will be reading at 6.30pm at The Poetry Café at 22 Betterton Street on Friday 27 June and also 4.45 – 5.45pm in the Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury on Friday 11 July. This event will be chaired by Neil Astley.

The third British Council Award for ELT Writing, recognising outstanding contribution by an English Language Teaching author or authors, was awarded to Gavin Dudeney, Nicky Hockly and Mark Pegrum for ‘Digital Literacies’. One of the judges for this prize was Michael Swan, who won the prize in its inaugural year with a book which he wrote with his partner, Catherine Swan.

The SoA also administer two awards that both published and unpublished authors can enter, the McKitterick Prize, for a first novel by an author over the age of 40, and the Tom-Gallon Trust Award, for a short story.

The McKitterick Prize was won by full-time surgeon, mother of four children and sometime Horizon presenter, Gabriel Weston, for her first novel ‘Dirty Work’. The runner-up was essayist and journalist Gabriel Gbadamosi who won £1,000 for ‘Vauxhall’. Gbadamosi also won the first SoA administered Imison Award, rewarding the best original radio drama script by a writer new to radio, in 1994.

The Tom-Gallon Award short story winner was Benjamin Myers for ‘The Folk Song Singer’, who received £1,000 and the runner-up was biographer Claire Harman for ‘Poor Maggie Kirkpatrick’ and she received £500.

The £5,000 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, which was presented by the sponsors, Flora Fraser and Peter Soros, was awarded to Charles Moore for ‘Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning’.

The Somerset Maugham Awards enable writers to enrich their work through foreign travel and are given for a published work of any genre (other than drama) by a writer under 35. There were three winners this year, Nadifa Mohamed for ‘The Orchard of Lost Souls’ who received £4,000, Daisy Hildyard for ‘Hunters in the Snow’ who also received £4,000, and Amy Sackville for ‘Orkney’ who received £2,000.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 winner Eimear McBride was one of three authors, along with Daljit Nagra and Michela Wrong, awarded an, anonymously sponsored, Travelling Scholarship Award that enables authors to travel and keep in touch with colleagues abroad.

The Betty Trask Prize winner for 2014 was Nathan Filer for ‘The Shock of the Fall’, a book which was also the winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013. Four Betty Trask Awards were also presented to NoViolet Bulawayo for ‘We Need New Names’, Sam Byers for ‘Idiopathy’, Mave Fellowes for ‘Chaplin & Company’ and Matt Greene for ‘Ostrich’.

 

THE WINNERS

The Elizabeth Longford Prize (£5,000)

Generously sponsored by Flora Fraser and Peter Soros.

Winner: Charles Moore for Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning (Allen Lane).

Judges: Roy Foster, Antonia Fraser, Flora Fraser, David Gilmour, Munro Price.

 

The British Council Award for ELT Writing (£2,000)

This prize is for an outstanding contribution by an English Language Teaching author or authors.

Winner: Gavin Dudeney, Nicky Hockly & Mark Pegrum for Digital Literacies (Pearson).
Judges: Fiona MacKenzie, Ian McGrath and Michael Swan.

 

The Travelling Scholarships

Awards that enable authors to travel and keep in touch with colleagues abroad. Established in 1944 by an anonymous sponsor.

Winners: Eimear McBride, Daljit Nagra, and Michela Wrong. Each received £2,100.

Assessors: Claire Armitstead, Maura Dooley, Adam Mars-Jones, Caroline Moorehead and Christopher Potter.

 

The Somerset Maugham Awards

These awards enable writers to enrich their work through foreign travel and are given for a published work of any genre (except drama) by a writer under 35.

Winners: Nadifa Mohamed for The Orchard of Lost Souls (Simon & Schuster) received £4,000, Daisy Hildyard for Hunters in the Snow (Cape) received £4,000, and Amy Sackville for Orkney (Granta) received £2,000.

Judges: Naomi Alderman, Bidisha, and Adam O’Riordan.

 

The Betty Trask Prize

For first novels, traditional or romantic, non-experimental, by writers under 35.

Winner: Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollins) received £10,000.

Judges: Elizabeth Buchan, Mike Gayle and Peter Kemp.

 

The Betty Trask Awards

For first novels, traditional or romantic, non-experimental, by writers under 35.

Winners: NoViolet Bulawayo for We Need New Names (Chatto), Sam Byers for Idiopathy (Fourth Estate), Mave Fellowes for Chaplin and Company (Cape) and Matt Greene for Ostrich (Weidenfeld). Each received £3,750.

Judges: Elizabeth Buchan, Mike Gayle and Peter Kemp.

 

The McKitterick Prize

The McKitterick Prize is awarded annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished.

Winner: Gabriel Weston for Dirty Work (Cape) received £4,000.

Runner-up: Gabriel Gbadamosi for Vauxhall (Telegram Books) received £1,000.

Judges: Paul Bailey, Roma Tearne and Fay Weldon.

 

The Tom-Gallon Trust Award

Generously supported by The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, this is an annual prize of £1,000 for a short story. Published and unpublished stories may be entered.

Winner: Benjamin Myers for The Folk Song Singer received £1,000.

Runner-up: Claire Harman for Poor Maggie Kirkpatrick received £500.

Judges: Elanor Dymott and Aamer Hussain.


The Cholmondeley Awards

Recognising achievement and distinction in poetry.

Winners: W.N. Herbert, Jeremy Hooker, John James, Glynn Maxwell and Denise Riley. Each received £1,500.

Judges: Mimi Khalvati, Ian Patterson, Fiona Sampson, and Michael Symmons Roberts.

 

The Eric Gregory Awards

For collections by poets under the age of 30.

Winners: Sophie Collins, Emily Hasler (Lorrie Scott), Martha Sprackland, Chloe Stopa-Hunt and David Tait. Each received £4,000.

Judges: Fleur Adcock, Moniza Alvi, John Greening, Philip Gross, Daljit Nagra and Carol Rumens.

 

The Awards

  • The Cholmondeley Awards are awarded annually to honour distinguished poets. Submissions are not accepted.
    Find out more | past winners
  • The Tom-Gallon Trust Award: An annual prize of £1,000 for a short story. Published and unpublished stories may be entered.
    Find out more | past winners
  • The Eric Gregory Awards are awarded to British poets under the age of 30 on the basis of a submitted collection. Published and unpublished collections may be entered.
    Find out more | past winners
  • The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography is a prize of £5,000 for the best published historical biography of the year. No unsolicited submissions are accepted.
    Find out more | past winners
  • The Somerset Maugham Awards are awarded to British authors under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Entry is by the publisher.
    Find out more | past winners
  • The McKitterick Prize of £4,000 is awarded for a first novel by an author over the age of 40. The prize is open to published and unpublished novels.
    Find out more  | past winners
  • The Betty Trask Prize and Awards are awarded to authors under the age of 35 for a first novel, published or unpublished.
    Find out more | past winners
  • The Travelling Scholarships are honorary awards made annually to British writers. Submissions are not accepted. Find out more
  • The ELT Writing Award: This prize for ELT writing is sponsored by the British Council. Find out more
 

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