Betty Trask Award

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The Betty Trask Prize and Awards are for first novels written by authors under the age of 35, who reside in a current or former Commonwealth nation. Each year the awards total £20,000, with one author receiving a larger prize amount, called the "Prize", and the remainder given to one or more other writers, called the "Awards".[1] The award was established in 1984 by the Society of Authors, at the bequest of the late Betty Trask, a reclusive author of over thirty romance novels.[2] The awards are given to traditional or romantic novels, rather than those of an experimental style, and can be for published or unpublished works.[3]

List of award and prize winners[edit]

Note: Beginning in 2009, the "Betty Trask Prize" is given to one author; the remaining receive the "Betty Trask Award"

1980s[edit]

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990s[edit]

1990

  • Robert McLiam Wilson for Ripley Bogle - £16,000
  • Elizabeth Chadwick for The Wild Hunt - £3,000
  • Rosemary Cohen for No Strange Land - £3,000
  • Nicholas Shakespeare for The Vision of Elena Silves - £3,000

1991

  • Amit Chaudhuri for A Strange and Sublime Address - £10,000
  • Mark Swallow for Teaching Little Fang - £7,000
  • Suzannah Dunn for Quite Contrary - £2,000
  • Lesley Glaister for Honour Thy Father - £2,000
  • Simon Mason for The Great English Nude - £2,000
  • Nino Ricci for Lives of the Saints - £2,000

1992

  • Peter M. Rosenburg for Kissing Through a Pane of Glass - £5,000
  • Tibor Fischer for Under the Frog - £3,000
  • Liane Jones for The Dream Stone - £3,000
  • Eugene Mullan for The Last of His Line - £3,000
  • Edward St Aubyn for Never Mind - £3,000

1993

  • Mark Blackaby for You'll Never be Here Again - £10,000
  • Andrew Cowan for Pig - £7,000
  • Simon Corrigan for Tommy Was Here - £5,000
  • Joanna Briscoe for Mothers and Other Lovers - £2,000
  • Olivia Fane for Landing on Clouds - £2,000

1994

  • Colin Bateman for Divorcing Jack - £12,000
  • Nadeem Aslam for Season of the Rainbirds - £10,000
  • Guy Burt for After the Hole - £1,000
  • Frances Liardet for The Game - £1,000
  • Jonathan Rix for Some Hope - £1,000

1995

  • Robert Newman for Dependence Day - £10,000
  • Mark Behr for The Smell of Apples - £8,000
  • Martina Evans for Midnight Feast - £3,000
  • Rohit Manchanda for A Speck of Coaldust - £1,000
  • Juliet Thomas for Hallelujah Jordan - £1,000
  • Philippa Walshe for The Latecomer - £1,000
  • Madeleine Wickham for The Tennis Party - £1,000

1996

  • John Lanchester for The Debt to Pleasure - £8,000
  • Meera Syal for Anita and Me - £7,000
  • Rhidian Brook for The Testimony of Taliesin Jones - £5,000
  • Louis Caron Buss for The Luxury of Exile - £5,000

1997

  • Alex Garland for The Beach - £12,000
  • Josie Barnard for Poker Face - £5,000
  • Ardashir Vakil for Beach Boy - £5,000
  • Diran Adebayo for Some Kind of Black - £1,500
  • Sanjida O'Connell for Theory of Mind - £1,500

1998

1999

  • Elliot Perlman for Three Dollars - £7,000
  • Catherine Chidgey for In a Fishbone Church - £6,000
  • Giles Foden for The Last King of Scotland - £4,000
  • Dennis Bock for Olympia - £3,000
  • Rajeev Balasubramanyam for In Beautiful Disguises - £2,500
  • Sarah Waters for Tipping the Velvet - £1,000

2000s[edit]

2000

  • Jonathan Tulloch for The Season Ticket - £10,000
  • Julia Leigh for The Hunter - £7,000
  • Susan Elderkin for Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains - £4,000
  • Galaxy Craze for By The Shore - £2,000
  • Nicholas Griffin for The Requiem Shark - £2,000

2001

2002 [4]

2003

2004

  • Louise Dean for Becoming Strangers - £8,000
  • Hannah MacDonald for The Sun Road - £6,000
  • Anthony Cartwright for The Afterglow - £3,000
  • Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi for The Last Song of Dusk - £3,000

2005

2006

2007

  • Will Davis for My Side of the Story - £10,000
  • Adam Foulds for The Truth About These Strange Times - £2,500
  • Cynan Jones for The Long Dry - £2,500
  • Julie Maxwell for You Can Live Forever - £2,500
  • Karen Mcleod for In Search of the Missing Eyelash - £2,500

2008

2009

2010s[edit]

2010

2011 [5]

2012

2013

2014 [6]

2015 [7]

  • Ben Fergusson for The Spring of Kasper Meier - £10,000 (Prize)
  • Emma Healey for Elizabeth Is Missing - £5,000
  • Zoe Pilger for Eat My Heart Out - £5,000
  • Simon Wroe for Chop Chop - £5,000

2016 [8]

  • Alex Christofi for Glass - £10,000 (Prize)
  • Irenosen Okojie for Butterfly Fish - £5,000
  • Natasha Pulley for The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - £5,000
  • Lucy Wood for Wood for Weathering - £5,000

2017 [8]

2018

  • Omar Robert Hamilton for The City Always Wins - £10,000 (Prize)
  • Sarah Day for Mussolini's Island - £3,250
  • Clare Fisher for All the Good Things - £3,250
  • Eli Goldstone for Strange Heart Beating - £3,250
  • Lloyd Markham for Bad Ideas/Chemicals - £3,250
  • Masande Ntshanga for The Reactive - £3,250

2019

  • James Clarke for The Litten Path - £10,000 (Prize)
  • Samuel Fisher for The Chameleon - £2,700
  • Imogen Hermes Gowar for The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - £2,700
  • Ruqaya Izzidien for The Watermelon Boys - £2,700
  • Daisy Lafarge for Paul - £2,700
  • Rebecca Ley for Sweet Fruit, Sour Land - £2,700
  • Sophie Mackintosh for The Water Cure - £2,700

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Betty Trask". Society of Authors.
  2. ^ Betty Trask Prize and Awards Archived 9 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Betty Trask Prize and Awards". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Hari Kunzru wins Betty Trask Prize", The Guardian, 19 June 2002.
  5. ^ "Indian writer wins Betty Trask award for debut novel", Daily News and Analysis, 23 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Authors’ Awards 2014", The Society Of Authors, 27 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Authors’ Awards 2015", The Society Of Authors, 25 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Previous winners of the Betty Trask Prize and Awards". Society of Authors. Retrieved 6 July 2017.

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