Awards & prizes

Through grants and prizes, the RSL invests in authors both established and emerging, especially at difficult stages of their careers.


Companions of Literature

The highest honour that the Society can bestow upon a writer.

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RSL Brookleaze Grants

The purpose of these grants is to buy time for writers who have work in hand but lack the means to support themselves.

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RSL Encore Award

For the best second novel of the year.

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RSL Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction

Three annual awards for authors engaged on their first commissioned works of non-fiction.

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RSL Ondaatje Prize

An annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.

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The Benson Medal

Awarded to those who have offered sustained and outstanding service to literature.

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V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

The RSL’s annual prize of £1,000, for the best unpublished short story of the year.

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