The Royal Society of Literature has established annual awards for first-time writers of non-fiction – in perpetuity – because of a generous bequest from author and RSL Fellow Giles St Aubyn. Giles St Aubyn, who died in 2015 aged 89, wrote 14 non-fiction books and taught history for nearly 40 years at Eton College. A nephew of Vita Sackville-West, he counted John Betjeman, John le Carré and The Queen Mother among his friends. The new awards build on the RSL’s experience of a previous form of non-fiction awards, generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation from 2004 to 2016.
Entries are open for the second year of The RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction. Two awards – one of £10,000, one of £5,000 – are offered to support writers to complete their first commissioned works of non-fiction.The writer must be a resident of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and have a publishing contract for their first work of non-fiction.
Please download an application form, which contains full submission details, from the link below.
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 19 September, 5pm by email to Martha Stenhouse, General Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by post to:
RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction
Royal Society of Literature
London WC2R 1LA