The McKitterick Prize

Tom McKitterick, the former editor of Political Quarterly and author of an unpublished novel, endowed the McKitterick Prize which was first awarded in 1990. It is given annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished.

Entry to the 2022 prize is now closed.

  • Deadline for entries: 31 October 2021
  • The author must be living and over the age of 40 on the 31 October 2021
  • The author must not have had any other novel published (excluding works for children).
  • The novel must be a full length work in the English language by one author (not a translation, and not a work for children).
  • The work must be a work of 'fiction or imagination or substantially of fiction and imagination'.
  • The work must either have been first published in the UK between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2021 (and not first published abroad) or be unpublished.
  • If unpublished, the work must not have been previously submitted to the McKitterick Prize.

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2021 McKitterick Prize winner

Elaine Feeney for As You Were (Harvill Secker, Vintage)


The 2021 Shortlist

  • Runner Up: Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)
  • Karen Raney for All the Water in the World (John Murray Press, Two Roads)
  • Douglas Stuart for Shuggie Bain (Pan Macmillan, Picador)
  • Will Maclean for The Apparition Phase (William Heinemann, Cornerstone PRH UK)
  • Sophie Ward for Love and Other Thought Experiments (Little, Brown Book Group)
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