RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction
In 2017, the RSL established these annual Awards for first-time writers of non-fiction through a generous bequest from author and RSL Fellow Giles St Aubyn. Giles St Aubyn, who died in 2015 aged 89, wrote 14 non-fiction books and taught history for nearly 40 years at Eton College. A nephew of Vita Sackville-West, he counted John Betjeman, John le Carré and The Queen Mother among his friends. Read the press release announcing the Awards.
The 2020 Awards
We are now open for submissions for the fourth year of the RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for first-commissioned works of non-fiction.
This year, we are pleased to announce that three awards will be presented: one of £10,000, one of £5,000, and one of £2,500 – to provide financial support for talented new writers to complete their first book of non-fiction for a mainstream audience, especially by buying them time for writing or research. Winners will be announced at a reception in London in October 2020.
This year’s judges are: Damian Le Bas, Ramita Navai and Fiona St Aubyn.
Please download the application form for full details of how to enter.
Please note that, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to accept postal entries. Please send all entries by email only.
Closing date for submissions: Friday 31 July 2020, 5pm.
Press enquiries should be sent to Annette Brook, Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about awards and prizes, please contact Martha Stenhouse, General Manager, email@example.com.
The 2019 Awards
- £10,000 – Harry Davies – Operation Information (The Bodley Head, 2021)
- £5,000 – Olive Heffernan – The High Seas: The Race to Save the Earth’s Last Wilderness (Profile Books, 2021)
- Judges’ Special Commendation – Rebecca Fogg – Beautiful Trauma (Granta, 2022)
The 2019 judges were Fiona St Aubyn (Chair), Rachel Hewitt and Kenan Malik. Read the 2019 press release .
The 2018 Awards
- £10,000 – Laurence Blair – Lost Countries of South America: Travels in a Continent’s Past and Present (The Bodley Head, 2020)
- £5,000 – Lily Le Brun – Looking to Sea: Britain Through the Eyes of its Artists (Hodder and Stoughton, 2020)
- Judges’ Special Commendation – Paul Craddock – Dragon in a Suitcase: A Cultural History of the Art of Transplant (Fig Tree, 2020)
The 2018 judges were: Iain Sinclair (Chair), Laura Bates, Aida Edemariam and Fiona St Aubyn. Read the 2018 press release .
The 2017 Awards
- £10,000 – David Farrier – Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils (4th Estate, 2019)
- £5,000 – Lisa Woollett –Scavenging (John Murray, 2019)
- Judges’ Special Commendation – Joanna Jolly – Red River Girl: The Life and Death of Tina Fontaine (Virago, 2019).
The 2017 judges were Richard Holmes (Chair), Afua Hirsch and Fiona St Aubyn. Read the 2017 press release.