RSL Christopher Bland Prize

The RSL Christopher Bland Prize is an annual award of £10,000 to a debut novelist or non-fiction writer first published aged 50 or over. The Prize was launched in 2018 by the Bland family and friends, with the RSL, in memory of Sir Christopher Bland who died in 2017. Sir Christopher is best known for his leadership in broadcasting, the arts and business. He didn’t start writing until after his retirement publishing two novels to critical acclaim: Ashes in the Wind and Cathar. His play The Easter Rising and Thereafter was staged by the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2016 – 100 years to the day after the uprising in Dublin.

‘I started the creative life at the age of 76, so it’s never too late.’
– Sir Christopher Bland

The RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2023

We are now taking entries for the RSL Christopher Bland Prize. Please read the eligibility and guidelines prior to submitting via the form below. The deadline is Friday 9 December, at 5pm.

RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2022

We are delighted to announce that Julia Parry has won the 2022 RSL Christopher Bland Prize for The Shadowy Third: Love, Letters, and Elizabeth Bowen (Duckworth Books), as selected by this year’s judges David Baddiel (Chair), Caroline Criado Perez and Naga Munchetty.

Watch our announcement video here:

This year’s shortlist was:

Yvonne Bailey-Smith, The Day I Fell Off My Island (Myriad Editions)
John Carr, Escape From the Ghetto: The Breathtaking Story of the Boy Who Ran Away from Nazis (Hodder Studio)
Julia Parry, The Shadowy Third: Love, Letters, and Elizabeth Bowen (Duckworth Books)
Charlotte Raven, Patient 1: Forgetting and Finding Myself (Jonathan Cape)
Peter Stott, Hot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial (Atlantic Books)

Read more in the press release, including comments from the winner and judges.

For further information and press enquiries relating to the RSL Christopher Bland Prize please contact Clair Chamberlain at Bread and Butter PR
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Past winners

2021 Pete Paphides Broken Greek
2020 Michele Kirsch Clean
2019 Raynor Winn The Salt Path