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 2019
We are now open for submissions for the sixteenth year of the prize. Any full-length work of fiction or non-fiction, or volume of poetry, which evokes the spirit of a place, and which is written by a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland or a writer who has been resident in the UK for three years, is eligible. Books may be entered only by publishers based in the United Kingdom.
Publishers wishing to enter a book should please download the application form, which contains full eligibility criteria and submission details.
Entries should be sent to
The Royal Society of Literature
Somerset House, Strand
London WC2R 1LA
The closing date for entries is Wednesday 12 December 2018.
The 2019 judges will be announced shortly.
RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018
The winner of the 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize is Pascale Petit for Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books). This is the first time poetry has won the Prize. Please read the RSL Ondaatje – Winner Press Release 2018 for more information.
I’m absolutely thrilled to win this particular prize for a book evoking the spirit of a place. I’ve been obsessed with the Amazon rainforest for 25 years, and I poured that obsession into Mama Amazonica.
Press enquiries should be sent to Annette Brook, Communications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7845 4680.
|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|