The ADCI Literary Prize

Author Penny Batchelor with publisher Clare Christian announcing the ADCI Literary Prize at the SoA Awards 2022 (photograph © Adrian Pope)
Author Penny Batchelor with publisher Clare Christian announcing the ADCI Literary Prize at the SoA Awards 2022 (photograph © Adrian Pope)
Encouraging greater positive representation of disability in literature

Launched in 2022, the ADCI (Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses) Literary Prize seeks to encourage greater positive representation of disability in literature.

Founded by author Penny Batchelor and publisher Clare Christian together with the Society of Authors, the prize is generously sponsored by Arts Council England, ALCS, the Drusilla Harvey Memorial Fund, the Hawthornden Literary Retreat, and the Professional Writing Academy. 

Open to authors with a disability and/or chronic illness, the prize will call for entries of novels which include a disabled or chronically ill character or characters. The winner will receive £1,000 and two runners-up £500 each.

The 2023 Prize is open for submissions until
31 October 2022



  • Deadline for entries: 31 October 2022
  • The author must self-identify as disabled or chronically ill.
  • The author must be a British national OR resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland for three years prior to the date of submission for the award, and writing in English.
  • The work must be fiction and must contain one or more characters that are disabled and/or living with chronic illness (poetry, short stories, and works for children are not eligible).
  • Submissions must have been published or self-published in the UK between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.

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