The McKitterick Prize

Tom McKitterick, the former editor of Political Quarterly and author of an unpublished novel, endowed the McKitterick Prize which was first awarded in 1990. It is given annually to an author over the age of 40 for a first novel, published or unpublished.

Entry to the 2020 prize is now closed. 

The deadline for entries was 31 October 2019 at 5pm (GMT).

Important Information:

  • Applicants must be living and over the age of 40 on the 31 October 2019
  • Applicants must not have had any other novel published (excluding works for children)
  • Submissions must be a full length novel in the English language by one author
  • Submissions must be a work of 'fiction or imagination or substantially of fiction or imagination'
  • Submissions must either have been published in the UK in 2019 (and not first published abroad) or unpublished
  • If unpublished, the work must not have been previously submitted for the McKitterick Prize

For any queries relating to the prize please contact

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