RSL Christopher Bland Prize

An annual award of £10,000 for a debut novelist or non-fiction writer first published in any form aged 50 or over. 

The 2024 Prize

We are now closed for entries, with the shortlist and winner being announced in summer 2024. The winner will receive £10,000. The judges for this years prize are: Josh Cohen, Niall Griffiths and Shaparak Khorsandi. 


The Prize was launched in 2018 and first awarded in 2019, thanks to the generosity of the family and friends of Lady Jennie Bland, in memory of Sir Christopher Bland who died in 2017. Sir Christopher is best known for his leadership in broadcasting, the arts and business. He didn’t start writing until after his retirement publishing two novels to critical acclaim: Ashes in the Wind and Cathar. His play The Easter Rising and Thereafter was staged by the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2016 – 100 years to the day after the uprising in Dublin.

Past Winners

2023  Paterson Joseph The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
2022 Julia Parry  The Shadowy Third
2021 Pete Paphides  Broken Greek
2020 Michele Kirsch  Clean
2019  Raynor Winn  The Salt Path

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