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. The RSL has administrated 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 2020 Encore Award
We are now open for entries for the 30th year of the £10,000 Encore Award for best second novel of the year. Novels published for the first time in the UK within the calendar year 2019 and written by authors resident in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland for the past three years are eligible. Books may be entered by publishers or authors based in the UK or RoI.
The closing date for entries is Friday 31 January 2020.
The 2019 Encore Award
The winner of the 2019 Encore Award was Sally Rooney with Normal People (Faber & Faber). Read the press release for more information.
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|2019||Sally Rooney||Normal People|
|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?|
|The Mercy Boys|
The Last Life
Eight Minutes Idle
|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