Isabella Hammad wins the 2024 Encore Award
Royal Society of Literature
by Ailinn Santos
3h ago
We are delighted to announce that Isabella Hammad has been awarded the 2024 Encore Award for Enter Ghost yesterday evening on Wednesday 19 June. Isabella received her award at a special event in central London, at which former winner Caoilinn Hughes – who took the prize home in 2021 – acted as host for the evening. ‘I’m so thrilled to be awarded this wonderful prize,’ Isabella said. ‘Second novels are, as I was repeatedly told, notoriously difficult – not only to write, but also to sell. Everyone loves a debut, but I think it may actually be in the tricky transition from th ..read more
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2024 Encore Award Shortlist Announced
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
2w ago
We’re excited to reveal the shortlist for the 2024 Encore Award. This award celebrates the ‘difficult second novel’, marking the achievements of authors moving beyond their literary debuts. This year’s judges are Fergal Keane, Malika Booker and Maura Dooley, who selected the following five shortlisted books: A Spell of Good Things – Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Canongate) The Glutton – A. K. Blakemore (Granta) Enter Ghost – Isabella Hammad (Vintage) Tell Me What I Am – Úna Mannion (Faber and Faber) Ordinary Human Failings – Megan Nolan (Penguin) Describing all of the books as outstanding, the judges off ..read more
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Ian Penman crowned the winner of the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
We are delighted to announce that Ian Penman has been awarded the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize for Fassbinder Thousands Of Mirrors this evening on Tuesday 14 May. ‘I can’t believe it,’ Ian said on collecting his prize from Jans Ondaatje Rolls, overseeing the ceremony on behalf of her father Christopher. ‘I’d like to thank Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who I think is astonishing and created a culture very much not like our own. Without him there wouldn’t be this book, and I dedicate this award to him. Thank you so much.’ Chair of judges Xiaolu Guo praised Penman’s ingenuity and originality: ‘This is the ..read more
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May Membership Offer
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
Do you love books? Then you’ll want to be part of our club…  If you sign up for a Royal Society of Literature Membership by the end of May, you get two years’ Membership for the price of one! Membership is just £60 a year, which gets you:   FREE entry to all RSL events (in person and online) Discounted entry for friends and family A subscription to Review, the RSL magazine Access to special Member-only content online A place in the ballot for tickets to the RSL summer party! Becoming a Member will also mean you support the RSL’s work celebrating and nurt ..read more
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2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
On Friday 26 April, we revealed the shortlist for the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the prize, which was instituted in 2004 to celebrate outstanding works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evoke the spirit of a place. This year’s prize is judged by Francis Spufford, Jan Carson and Xiaolu Guo, who have whittled down 194 entries to their shortlist of six authors. Falling Animals – Sheila Armstrong (Bloomsbury) ‘A truly impressive debut from a storyteller who knows how to control the rhythm and poetry of her narrative. I was immersed in that uniqu ..read more
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2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize Longlist
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
On Monday 8 April, we unveiled the longlist for the 2024 RSL Ondaatje Prize. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the prize, which was instituted in 2004 to celebrate outstanding works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evoke the spirit of a place. ‘Place has always been important to me as a writer, and I’ve loved the brilliant variety of its imaginative reflections in the longlist,’ says Francis Spufford, who judged the prize alongside Jan Carson and Xiaolu Guo. They whittled down 194 entries in selecting their longlist of fourteen authors. Jan Carson says: ‘Judging the RSL O ..read more
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The RSL Spring Events Series is now live!
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
This spring the RSL public programme will be popping up in some new spaces, featuring literary luminaries alongside emerging voices, celebrating iconic texts alongside new writing, UK writers as well as writers from across the Americas.  The RSL Lecture will be a feature of this year’s Newcastle Poetry Festival where Anthony Joseph will speak about ‘The Architecture of Longing’ in poetry.  Anne Michaels, an RSL International Writer, will be here from Toronto offering a lecture on poetry in memory of poet Wanda Barford. Michaels will also be in conversation with Claire Messud on their ..read more
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Tom Vowler wins the 2024 V.S. Pritchett Prize.
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the winner of the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize. The prize, worth £1,000, is an annual award for unpublished short stories between 2,000 to 4,000 words in length. From the shortlist of seven writers announced last week, this year’s judges Julia Armfield, Fred D’Aguiar and Juliet Jacques selected Tom Vowler’s story ‘Voyagers’. As well as the prize money, Tom wins publication of his story in Prospect magazine online and in the RSL’s Review. You can read ‘Voyagers’ in Prospect magazine here. Tom was presented with the prize at the ALCS A ..read more
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Statement from the Trustees of the RSL
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
There has been significant media interest in the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) in the last few weeks, following the RSL’s decision in December 2023 to postpone the publication of its annual literary review. The Trustees of the RSL met on 20 February 2024 to consider the concerns that have been raised against the RSL and its senior management team. The Trustees carefully considered all the relevant details and are making this statement to clarify their position in response to the concerns expressed by some of its Fellows and the extensive media interest.   A number of Fellows and ..read more
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2024 V.S. Pritchett Prize Shortlist
Royal Society of Literature
by Amber Sale
1M ago
The shortlist for the 2024 V.S. Pritchett Prize has been announced. The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short stories between 2,000 to 4,000 words in length. The winner will receive £1,000 and their entry will be published in Prospect magazine online and the RSL Review. Commenting on this year’s shortlist, judge Julia Armfield said: “The range and variety of tones and genres on display with this year’s entries was extremely exciting and it was a struggle to whittle down a shortlist. I hope that the stories we have selected go some way to reflecting a breadth ..read more
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