RSL Encore Award

The £10,000 Encore Award for the best second novel of the year was first awarded in 1990 and is sponsored by Lucy Astor. The award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes by celebrating the achievement of outstanding second novels. The RSL has administrated of the award since 2016.

Literary lore as well as practice tells us that second novels are ever the most daunting. They even have a syndrome named after them. That’s why I’ve always been particularly fond of the Encore Award, the brilliant prize that acknowledges the difficulties of the second novel.  I’m thrilled that the RSL will now be a partner in its running. Lisa Appignanesi, RSL Chair.

I am delighted by this affiliation between the Encore Award and the RSL. It will undoubtedly raise the profile of the prize but, more importantly, of its winners. Lucy Astor, founder and sponsor of the Encore Award.

The 2017 Awards

We are now accepting entries for the RSL Encore Award 2017.

Please download an application form. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 30 November 2016 and addressed to:

The RSL Encore Award
Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA

The 2017 judges are Alex Clark, Julia Copus and Ted Hodgkinson.

Past Awards

2015Sunjeev SahotaThe Year of the Runaways
2014Neel MukherjeeThe Lives of Others
2013Evie WyldAll the Birds, Singing
2012Ned BeaumanThe Teleportation Accident
2011Joe DunthorneWild Abandon
2010Adam FouldsThe Quickening Maze
2009Julia LeighDisquiet
2007M.J. HylandCarry Me Down
2005Nadeem AslamMaps for Lost Lovers
2004Michelle de KretserThe Hamilton Case
2003Jeremy GavronThe Book of Israel
2002Ali SmithHotel World
2001Anne EnrightWhat Are You Like?
2000Claire MessudThe Last Life
1999Christina KoningUndiscovered Country
1998*These Demented Lands
I could Read the Sky
Alan Warner
Timothy O’Grady
1997David FlusfederLike Plastic
1996A.L. KennedySo I Am Glad
1995Dermot HealyA Goat’s Song
1994Amit ChaudhuriAfternoon Raag
1993Colm TóibínThe Heather Blazing
1992Iain SinclairDownriver
1991Carey HarrisonRichard’s Feet
1990*Paul Watkins
Peter Benson
Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn
A Lesser Dependency

*Joint winners