McKitterick Prize

For a first novel by an author over 40

Tom McKitterick, the former editor of Political Quarterly and author of an unpublished novel, endowed the McKitterick Prize which was first awarded in 1990. It is given annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished.

2021 McKitterick Prize winner

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

Runner Up: Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)

The 2021 Shortlist

  • 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)

The McKitterick Prize is currently closed for entries. It will reopen for the 2022 round in August 2021.

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must either have been published in the UK between 1 Jan 2021 and 31 October 2021 (and not first published abroad) or unpublished
  • If unpublished, the work must not have been previously submitted for the McKitterick Prize.

For any queries relating to the prize please contact prizes@societyofauthors.org

2021

  • Elaine Feeney for As You Were (Harvill Secker, Vintage) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Deepa Anappara for Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Chatto & Windus, Vintage) £1,250

2020

  • Claire Adam for Golden Child (Faber and Faber) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Taffy Brodesser-Akner for Fleishman is in Trouble  (Wildfire, Headline) £1,250

2019

  • Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott for Swan Song (Hutchinson) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Carys Davies for West (Granta Books) £1,250

2018

  • Anietie Isongfor Radio Sunrise (Jacaranda) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Frances Maynard for The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr (Mantle) £1,250

2017

  • David Dyer for The Midnight Watch (Atlantic Books) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Austin Duffy for This Living & immortal Thing (Granta) £1,000

2016

  • Petina Gappah for The Book of Memory (Faber) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Nick Coleman for Pillow Man (Cape) £1,000

2015

  • Robert Allison for The Letter Bearer (Granta) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Paul Ewen for Francis Pug: How To Be A Public Author (Galley Beggar Press) £1,000

2014

  • Gabriel Weston for Dirty Work (Cape) £4,000                                             
  • Runner-up: Gabriel Gbadamosi for Vauxhall (Telegram Books) £1,000

2013

  • Alison Moore for The Lighthouse (Salt) £4,000                                           
  • Runner-up: Caroline Brothers for Hinterland (Bloomsbury)

2012

  • Ginny Baily for Africa Junction (Harvill Secker / Vintage) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Cressida Connolly for My Former Heart (Fourth Estate)

2011

  • Emma Henderson for Grace Williams Says It Loud (Sceptre) £4,000
  • Runner-up: Frances Kay for Micka (Picador)

2010

  • Raphael Selbourne for Beauty (Tindal Street Press) £4,000

2009

  • Chris Hannan for Missy (Chatto) £4,000

2008

  • Jennie Walker for 24 for 3 (Bloomsbury) £4,000

2007

  • Reina James for This Time of Dying (Portobello) £4,000

2006

  • Peter Pouncey for Rules for Old Men Waiting (Chatto & Windus) £4,000

2005

  • Lloyd Jones for Mr Vogel (Seren) £4,000

2004

  • Mark Haddonfor The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Jonathan Cape) £4,000

2003

  • Mary Lawson Crow for Lake (Chatto & Windus) £4,000

2002

  • Manil Suri for The Death of Vishnu (Bloomsbury Publishing) £4,000

2001

  • Giles Waterfieldfor The Long Afternoon (Headline Review) £4,000

2000

  • Chris Dolan for Ascension Day (Headline Review) £4,000

1999

  • Magnus Mills for The Restraint of Beasts (Flamingo) £4,000

1998

  • Eli Gottlieb for The Boy Who Went Away (Jonathan Cape) £4,000

1997

  • Patricia Duncker for Hallucinating Foucault (Serpent’s Tail) £4,000

1996

  • Stephen Blanchard for Gagarin and I (Vintage) £5,000

1995

  • Christopher for Bigsby Hester (Weidenfeld) £5,000

1994

  • Helen Dunmore for Zennor in Darkness (Viking) £5,000

1993

  • Andrew Barrow for The Tap Dancer (Duckworth) £5,000

1992

  • Alberto Manguel for News from a Foreign Country Came (Harper Collins) £5,000

1991

  • John Loveday for Halo (Harcourt Brace) £5,000

1990

  • Simon Mawer for Chimera (Hamish Hamilton) £5,000

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