A charity that celebrates writing of all kinds, and supports writers and readers at every stage.

Latest from the RSL

International Writers Recommendations open for 2024

It’s our 203rd birthday!

Celebrating Black History Month

Awards and Prizes now open

Announcing our Autumn events season

RSL Fellows Recommend Books for Prison Readers 

Become a Member

Our Members are champions of literature. Their support makes our engagement work in schools and prisons possible and they enable us to celebrate literature in all its wonderful diversity. As a thank you, we give them all the joys of a literary festival and book club rolled into one, all year round.

Awards and Prizes

Our awards support writers at all stages of their careers. Each award has its own entry requirements, prize and deadlines. If you’d like to see past winners finding out from judges that they’ve won, visit our library in Look and Listen.

RSL Jerwood Poetry Awards

Entente Littéraire Prize

Awards and Prizes now open


Our Fellowship includes the best writers in or from the UK today. Their involvement with all the RSL does makes our engagement work, events and projects possible.

Meet some of our Fellows

Bernardine Evaristo

Daljit Nagra

Elif Shafak

Colin Thubron