Awards & Prizes

The RSL administers three annual prizes and two honours. Through its prizes programme, the RSL supports new and established contemporary writers. 

For further information about any of these prizes and awards, please contact the awards administrator, Paula Johnson:

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RSL Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction

Three annual awards, one of £10,000 and two of £5,000, to authors engaged on their first commissioned works of non-fiction

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RSL Ondaatje Prize

An annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place

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V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

The Royal Society of Literature's annual prize of £1,000, for the best unpublished short story of the year

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Companions of Literature

'Companion of Literature' is the highest honour that the Society can bestow upon a writer

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The Benson Medal

Awarded to those who have done sustained and outstanding service to literature

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The RSL Brookleaze Grants

'I am a working mum with three young children, and could never have travelled to New York to research my second book without the RSL Brookleaze...

Listen Again

Listen Again

The RSL's lectures and discussions are recorded by the British Library. Recordings of our meetings from the past decade are uploaded onto the site. 


RSL Review

RSL Review

The Royal Society of Literature publishes a biannual magazine; read more about the RSL Review, including selected articles from past editions




The Royal Society of Literature is a registered charity and receives no government funding. Discover how to donate and sponsor the RSL


Feb 2015

Reflections on war

Edna O’Brien, Andrew O’Hagan, Kate Tempest

Feb 2015

Feb 2015

An eye for life

Ali Smith, Marion Coutts

Mar 2015

Tales of two cities

Mark Doty, Ruth Padel

Apr 2015

Consider the seahorse

Andrew Motion

May 2015

Amnesia and other stories

Peter Carey in conversation with Hermione Lee

Jun 2015

Finding Wonderland

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Jul 2015

New stories for old

Natalie Haynes, Helen Oyeyemi, Dubravka Ugresic


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