Entries open for 2017 Authors’ Awards

Martin Reed

Martin Reed

Martin leads the SoA's Communications team. He oversees our strategic communications and campaign-based activities, including PR, social media, events and partnerships.

Entries are open until October and November 2016 for the fiction, non-fiction and poetry prizes that make up our annual Authors’ Awards.  

Deadlines for entry

Eric Gregory Awards for poets under 30 – 31 OCTOBER 2016

Tom-Gallon Trust Award for a short story – 31 OCTOBER 2016

McKitterick Award open to writers over 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished – 31 OCTOBER 2016

Somerset Maugham Awards for works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by writers under 35 – 30 NOVEMBER 2016

Betty Trask Prize and Awards for a first novel by a writer under 35 – 30 NOVEMBER 2016


We are broadening the eligibility criteria for the Tom Gallon-Trust Award for a single short story published or unpublished. Those who are ordinarily resident in the UK, but not necessarily British citizens, will now be able to enter.

Awards Secretary Paula Johnson welcomes the new eligibility criteria:

It is a matter of great celebration that the Tom-Gallon has been a part of the literary landscape for many decades and we are delighted that we can now open entry to writers from all parts of the world who live and work in the UK.

We are also applying to the Charity Commission to similarly change the criteria for the Betty Trask, Somerset Maugham and the Eric Gregory Awards so that anyone ordinarily resident in the UK can enter. We had hoped that the process would be concluded by now but we have been informed by the Charity Commission that they would like us to hold a public consultation on the proposed changes.

We apologise for erroneously announcing that the criteria for the Eric Gregory had been changed. We are sorry for any confusion caused and hope to be able to make the changes in due course. We welcome feedback and will be opening a consultation shortly, in the meantime please contact us with any comments or questions.


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