The Encore Award
The Encore Award was first presented in 1990 to celebrate the achievement of outstanding second novels. 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. Lisa Appignanesi, RSL Chair.
The 2019 Encore Award
The £10,000 2019 Encore Award for best second novel of the year is now open for submissions. Please see the entry form for eligibility and submission guidelines.
The 2019 judges will be announced shortly.
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The 2018 Award
The Encore Award 2018 was jointly awarded to Andrew Michael Hurley for Devil’s Day (John Murray) and Lisa McInerney for The Blood Miracles (John Murray). Please read the press release for more information. The 2018 judges were the literary journalist Alex Clark (Chair), poet and children’s writer Julia Copus, and Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre.
|2018*||Andrew Michael Hurley|
The Blood Miracles
|2017||Ian McGuire||The North Water|
|2015||Sunjeev Sahota||The Year of the Runaways|
|2014||Neel Mukherjee||The Lives of Others|
|2013||Evie Wyld||All the Birds, Singing|
|2012||Ned Beauman||The Teleportation Accident|
|2011||Joe Dunthorne||Wild Abandon|
|2010||Adam Foulds||The Quickening Maze|
|2007||M.J. Hyland||Carry Me Down|
|2005||Nadeem Aslam||Maps for Lost Lovers|
|2004||Michelle de Kretser||The Hamilton Case|
|2003||Jeremy Gavron||The Book of Israel|
|2002||Ali Smith||Hotel World|
|2001||Anne Enright||What Are You Like?|
|2000||Claire Messud||The Last Life|
|1999||Christina Koning||Undiscovered Country|
|These Demented Lands|
I could Read the Sky
|1997||David Flusfeder||Like Plastic|
|1996||A.L. Kennedy||So I Am Glad|
|1995||Dermot Healy||A Goat’s Song|
|1994||Amit Chaudhuri||Afternoon Raag|
|1993||Colm Tóibín||The Heather Blazing|
|1991||Carey Harrison||Richard’s Feet|
|Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn|
A Lesser Dependency