RSL Ondaatje Prize
The annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.
RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020
We are now open for submissions for the 16th year of the £10,000 Prize for fiction, non-fiction or poetry best evoking the spirit of a place. Entries must be published in the United Kingdom within the calendar year 2019 and entered only by publishers based in the United Kingdom. Entries may be written by a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland or a writer who has been resident in the UK for three years.
Publishers should download the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020 Entry Form which contains full eligibility details and how to enter. When submitting, please also provide a completed RSL Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form for the author.
Closing date for submissions Wednesday 11 December 2019.
Aida Edemariam won the 2019 RSL Ondaatje Prize with The Wife’s Tale: A Personal History (4th Estate). The annual Prize of £10,000 is awarded for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.
I’ve always loved this prize, its generous inclusion of all forms of writing, its assertion that place is not incidental, mere background or local colour, but the thing itself. I’m beyond honoured and grateful to have been awarded it for The Wife’s Tale.
Aida Edemariam – winner, RSL Ondaatje Prize 2019
The Wife’s Tale is beautifully written, carefully researched and richly imagined, an exquisite blend of memoir, fiction, poetry and invocation. This is a book I shall constantly re-read as well as recommend to everyone I know who loves literature.
Michèle Roberts – Judge, RSL Ondaatje Prize 2019
For more information on the winner and other shortlisted authors, please see our press release.
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|2019||Aida Edemariam||The Wife’s Tale: A Personal History|
|2018||Pascale Petit||Mama Amazonica|
|2017||Francis Spufford||Golden Hill|
|2016||Peter Pomerantsev||Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia|
|2015||Justin Marozzi||Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood|
|2014||Alan Johnson||This Boy|
|2013||Philip Hensher||Scenes from Early Life|
|2012||Rahul Bhattacharya||The Sly Company of People Who Care|
|2011||Edmund de Waal||The Hare with Amber Eyes|
|2010||Ian Thomson||The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica|
|2009||Adam Nicolson||Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History|
|2008||Graham Robb||The Discovery of France|
|2007||Hisham Matar||In the Country of Men|
|2006||James Meek||The People’s Act of Love|
|2005||Rory Stewart||The Places In Between|
|2004||Louisa Waugh||Hearing Birds Fly|