In memory of Malcolm Lowry and endowed by Gordon Bowker, his biographer, and Ramdei Bowker.
A prize awarded to a UK or Irish writer, or a writer currently resident in those countries, for a novel focusing on the experience of travel away from home.
Inspired by Malcolm Lowry’s novel, Under the Volcano and in celebration of its author, the prize aims to inspire literary excellence and encourage writers to travel and to write from the resulting experience.
The winner will receive £2,000 and the runner-up £750.
The 2023 Prize is now closed for submissions. The shortlist will be announced in Spring 2023.
The 2022 Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize winner
Winner: Sheila Llewellyn for Winter in Tabriz (Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton)
Runner-up: Jamie O’Connell for Diving For Pearls (Doubleday/Transworld/Penguin Random House)
- Olivia Sudjic for Asylum Road (Bloomsbury)
- Catherine Menon for Fragile Monsters (Penguin Books)
- Tessa McWatt for The Snow Line (Scribe UK)
Prize logo illustration © Annabelle Carvell