Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund prizes for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic, but not experimental, style.
2021 Betty Trask Prize Winner
Thomas McMullan for The Last Good Man (Bloomsbury)
Betty Trask Award Winners
- Maame Blue for Bad Love (Jacaranda Books)
- Eley Williams for The Liar's Dictionary (William Heinemann, Cornerstone)
- Kiran Millwood Hargrave for The Mercies (Pan Macmillan, Picador)
- Nneoma Ike-Njoku for The Water House
- Graeme Armstrong for The Young Team (Pan Macmillan, Picador)
The 2022 Prize will open for submissions in August 2021
- The author must be under the age of 35 on the 31 December 2021.
- The author must be resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the Commonwealth for three years prior to the date of submission for the award, or a British national, and writing in English.
- The author must not have had any novel published (other than the one submitted).
- The work submitted must be in the English language and the work of one author (not a translation).
- The work submitted must be a novel of a romantic or traditional nature (i.e. not experimental).
- If published or self-published, the work must have been published between 1 January 2021 and 30 November 2021.
- If unpublished, the work must not have been previously submitted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards.
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