Awards & Prizes
Through awards and prizes, the RSL invests in authors both established and emerging, at difficult stages of their careers.
For support available from other organisations please see our page on where writers can find support.
For a simple guide to publishing see this booklet from Hachette.
The highest honour that the Society can bestow upon a writer.
The £10,000 Christopher Bland Prize is awarded annually to a debut novelist or popular non-fiction writer, first published at the age of 50 or over.
Annual awards for authors engaged on their first commissioned works of non-fiction.
Awards for writers not resident in, or citizens of, the UK
An annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.
Awards providing mentoring for emerging writers of colour.
Awarded to those who have offered sustained and outstanding service to literature.
For the best second novel of the year.
The RSL’s annual prize of £1,000, for the best unpublished short story of the year.