The Betty Trask Prize and The Betty Trask Awards

Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund prizes for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic style.

Each year a single prize winner receives £10,000 and the remaining fund is split between a number of award winners. 


Entry to the 2023 Betty Trask Prize and Awards will open in August

  • Deadline for entries: 30 November 2022
  • The author must be under the age of 35 on the 31 December 2021.
  • The author must be resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the Commonwealth for three years prior to the date of submission for the award, or a British national, and writing in English.
  • The author must not have had any novel published (other than the one submitted).
  • The work submitted must be in the English language and the work of one author (not a translation).
  • The work submitted must be a novel of a romantic or traditional nature (i.e. not experimental).
  • If published or self-published, the work must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 30 November 2021.
  • If unpublished, the work must not have been previously submitted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards.

For any queries relating to the prize please contact

The 2022 Shortlist:


The 2022 Prize Winner

Will McPhail with IN. A Graphic Novel







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