RSL Ondaatje Prize
The annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.
RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018
– call for submissions
We are now open for entries for the fifteenth RSL Ondaatje Prize.
Publishers wishing to enter a book should please download the application form, which contains full eligibility criteria and submission details.
Closing date for entries 11 December 2017.
Queries regarding entering books should be sent to Martha Stenhouse, Membership, Awards and Office Co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7845 4679.
Press enquiries should be sent to Annette Brook, Communications Manager, email@example.com or call 020 7845 4680.
RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017
The RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017 was awarded to Francis Spufford for Golden Hill. For more information on the winner please see our press release.
Place has always been central to my work, so I’m delighted to win this prize of all prizes. The 18th century New York of my book had to be conjured from maps and analogies and a few contemporary pictures, supported by walks round and round Lower Manhattan with my eyes fixed on the pavements rather than the skyscrapers. It’s a joy to find that what I built in my head seems solid enough for others to walk in, in their imaginations.
Francis Spufford on winning the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017
The other books shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017:
- Amy Liptrot The Outrun (Canongate)
- Rebecca Mackenzie In a Land of Paper Gods (Tinder Press)
- Kei Miller Augustown (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
- Barney Norris Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain (Black Swan)
- Rose Tremain The Gustav Sonata (Chatto & Windus)
|2017||Francis Spufford||Golden Hill|
|2016||Peter Pomerantsev||Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia|
|2015||Justin Marozzi||Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood|
|2014||Alan Johnson||This Boy|
|2013||Philip Hensher||Scenes from Early Life|
|2012||Rahul Bhattacharya||The Sly Company of People Who Care|
|2011||Edmund de Waal||The Hare with Amber Eyes|
|2010||Ian Thomson||The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica|
|2009||Adam Nicolson||Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History|
|2008||Graham Robb||The Discovery of France|
|2007||Hisham Matar||In the Country of Men|
|2006||James Meek||The People’s Act of Love|
|2005||Rory Stewart||The Places In Between|
|2004||Louisa Waugh||Hearing Birds Fly|