Our awards for fiction are open to writers at all stages of their career and are awarded annually at our Society of Authors’ Awards celebrations. From short stories to novels, published books to self-published ebooks, we welcome a wide variety of authors and formats. 

  • The Betty Trask Prize & The Betty Trask Awards (£26,250 total) are awarded for first novels from writers under the age of 35, and are open to published and unpublished novels.‚Äč
  • The ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award (£1,000) is for a short story written by an author who has been accepted for publication at least once before.
  • The McKitterick Prize (£4,000) is open to authors over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished.
  • The Somerset Maugham Awards (£16,000 total) are given to a British writer under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The prize is for foreign travel to enable young writers to enrich their work.
  • The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award (£5,000) is awarded to a British or Irish author between 18 and 35 years for a full-length published or self-published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry.
  • The Paul Torday Memorial Prize (£1,000), in memory of Paul Torday, who published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen aged 60. The prize celebrates first novels by authors aged 60 or over.
  • The Queen's Knickers Award (£5,000), generously funded by author of The Queen's Knickers, Nicholas Allan, awarded to an outstanding children's original illustrated book for ages 0-7. 

We are also proud to administer The Travelling Scholarships to enable British creative writers to keep in touch with their colleagues abroad. Scholars are nominated each year by a group of assessors.