2024 RSL Christopher Bland Prize shortlist revealed

On Friday 21 June, the RSL announced the shortlist for the 2024 RSL Christopher Bland Prize for authors aged over 50. The prize, now in its sixth year, is an annual award of £10,000 given to a debut novelist or non-fiction writer first published aged 50 or over. This year’s judges are Josh Cohen, Niall […]

Isabella Hammad wins the 2024 Encore Award

We are delighted to announce that Isabella Hammad has been awarded the 2024 Encore Award for Enter Ghost yesterday evening on Wednesday 19 June. Isabella received her award at a special event in central London, at which former winner Caoilinn Hughes – who took the prize home in 2021 – acted as host for the evening. ‘I’m so thrilled […]

2024 Encore Award Shortlist Announced

We’re excited to reveal the shortlist for the 2024 Encore Award. This award celebrates the ‘difficult second novel’, marking the achievements of authors moving beyond their literary debuts. This year’s judges are Fergal Keane, Malika Booker and Maura Dooley, who selected the following five shortlisted books: A Spell of Good Things – Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Canongate) […]

Ian Penman crowned the winner of the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize

We are delighted to announce that Ian Penman has been awarded the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize for Fassbinder Thousands Of Mirrors this evening on Tuesday 14 May. ‘I can’t believe it,’ Ian said on collecting his prize from Jans Ondaatje Rolls, overseeing the ceremony on behalf of her father Christopher. ‘I’d like to thank Rainer […]

2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist

On Friday 26 April, we revealed the shortlist for the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the prize, which was instituted in 2004 to celebrate outstanding works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evoke the spirit of a place. This year’s prize is judged by Francis Spufford, Jan Carson […]

2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize Longlist

On Monday 8 April, we unveiled the longlist for the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the prize, which was instituted in 2004 to celebrate outstanding works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evoke the spirit of a place. ‘Place has always been important to me as a writer, […]

The RSL Spring Events Series is now live!

This spring the RSL public programme will be popping up in some new spaces, featuring literary luminaries alongside emerging voices, celebrating iconic texts alongside new writing, UK writers as well as writers from across the Americas.  The RSL Lecture will be a feature of this year’s Newcastle Poetry Festival where Anthony Joseph will speak about […]

Literature Matters: Michael Imperioli and Ocean Vuong

Please enjoy Michael Imperioli and Ocean Vuong in this exclusive online conversation about their writing and the importance of literature in their lives. Both Michael and Ocean published their debut novels in recent years, The Perfume Burned His Eyes and On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous respectively. They discussed the experience of writing and releasing […]

Newcastle Poetry Festival 2023

Celebrating its seventh year, the Newcastle Poetry Festival theme last year was ‘Community’, exploring poetry’s contribution to different communities and the power of writing collectives to encourage creativity. As part of the festival on the 13 May, we introduced RSL Fellow Sandeep Parmar, who gave a lecture on ‘Motherhood, Whiteness and Empathy in Contemporary British Poetry’: considering […]

Tom Vowler wins the 2024 V.S. Pritchett Prize.

The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the winner of the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. The prize, worth £1,000, is an annual award for unpublished short stories between 2,000 to 4,000 words in length. From the shortlist of seven writers announced last week, this year’s judges Julia Armfield, Fred D’Aguiar and Juliet […]

Statement from the Trustees of the RSL

There has been significant media interest in the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) in the last few weeks, following the RSL’s decision in December 2023 to postpone the publication of its annual literary review. The Trustees of the RSL met on 20 February 2024 to consider the concerns that have been raised against the RSL […]

2024 V.S. Pritchett Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2024 V.S. Pritchett Prize has been announced. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short stories between 2,000 to 4,000 words in length. The winner will receive £1,000 and their entry will be published in Prospect magazine online and the RSL Review. Commenting on this year’s […]