RSL Christopher Bland Prize

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The RSL Christopher Bland Prize has been inaugurated by the Royal Society of Literature to encourage the work of older writers. It is to be awarded annually to an author of a fiction or non-fiction book who was first published when aged 50 or over. The prize is valued at £10,000 and was launched in September 2018. It is named in recognition of Sir Christopher Bland, who was 76 when his first novel was published.[1]

The initial panel of judges was chaired by Gillian Slovo, and comprised Sanjeev Bhaskar, Archie Bland (son of Sir Christopher) and Anne Chisholm.[2]


Year Author Title Publisher
2019[3] Raynor Winn The Salt Path Michael Joseph


Year Author Title Publisher
2019[4] Thomas Bourke The Consolation of Maps Riverrun
Barbara Jenkins De Rightest Place Peepal Tree Press
A. J. Pearce Dear Mrs Bird Picador
Roland Philipps A Spy Named Orphan The Bodley Head
Alex Reeve The House on Half Moon Street Raven Books
Raynor Winn The Salt Path Michael Joseph


  1. ^ "RSL Christopher Bland Prize launched to encourage older writers | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  2. ^ "Royal Society of Literature » Announcing the inaugural RSL Christopher Bland Prize". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  3. ^ "RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2019 Winner Announced". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Winn and Pearce Make RSL Christopher Bland Prize Shortlist". The Bookseller. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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