Walter Scott Prize

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The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is a British literary award founded in 2010.[1] At £25,000, it is one of the largest literary awards in the UK.[2] The award was created by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, whose ancestors were closely linked to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, who is generally considered the originator of historical fiction with the novel Waverley in 1814.[3]

Eligible books must have been first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth in the preceding year.[1] For the purpose of the award, historical fiction is defined as being that where the main events take place more than 60 years ago, i.e. outside of any mature personal experience of the author.[1] The winner is announced each June at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.[1]

Winners and shortlist

Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner

2010

The shortlist was announced 1 April 2010[4] and the winner was announced 19 June 2010 as part of the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival which took place at Sir Walter Scott's historic home Abbotsford House in Scotland.[5]

2011

The shortlist was announced on 1 April[6] and the winner was announced on 19 June:[7]

2012

The shortlist was announced on 4 April 2012[8] and the winner was announced on 16 June.[9]

2013

The shortlist was announced on 18 April 2013[10] and the winner was announced on 14 June 2013.[11]

2014

The shortlist was announced 4 April 2014,[12] and the winner was announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, on 13 June.[13]

2015

The shortlist was announced 24 March 2015,[14] and the winner was announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland, on 13 June.[15]

2016

The shortlist was announced 23 March 2016.[16] The winner was announced 18 June 2016 at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival.[17]

2017

The shortlist was announced 28 March 2017.[18] The winner was announced 17 June 2017 at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, Melrose.[19]

2018

The shortlist was announced April 18, 2018.[20] The winner was announced 16 June 2018 at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Walter Scott Prize Archived 6 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine., bordersbookfestival.org. Retrieved April 2012.
  2. ^ "Historic fiction award honours Sir Walter Scott", BBC, 27 January 2010
  3. ^ "New Walter Scott prize to honour historical novels", The Guardian, 2 February 2010
  4. ^ "Booker rivals clash again on Walter Scott prize shortlist", The Guardian, 2 April 2010
  5. ^ "Mantel's Wolf Hall wins inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical novels", The Scotsman, 20 June 2010
  6. ^ "Walter Scott historical fiction shortlist announced". BBC News. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  7. ^ Alison Flood. "Andrea Levy wins Walter Scott prize", The Guardian, 20 June 2011
  8. ^ "Walter Scott historical fiction shortlist announced". BBC News. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  9. ^ Alison Flood (16 June 2012). "Sebastian Barry wins Walter Scott prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Shortlist for 2013 Walter Scott Prize Announced". Borders Book Festival. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Tan Twan Eng wins The Walter Scott Prize". Borders Book Festival. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2014". Walter Scott Prize. 4 April 2014. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Robert Harris wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction". BBC News. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  14. ^ "2015 Shortlist announced". Walter Scott Prize. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  15. ^ "John Spurling wins top prize at Borders Book Festival". BBC News. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  16. ^ "The 2016 Shortlist is announced!". Walter Scott Prize. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  17. ^ "The winner of the 2016 Walter Scott Prize is announced!". Walter Scott Prize. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  18. ^ Danuta Kean (28 March 2017). "Walter Scott prize for historical fiction unveils 2017 shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  19. ^ Danuta Kean (19 June 2017). "Sebastian Barry's 'glorious and unusual' novel wins Walter Scott prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  20. ^ "The 2018 Prize". Walter Scott Prize. Retrieved April 18, 2018.

External links

  • Walter Scott Prize
  • "Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction: The new time-travellers", Scotsman.com, 19 June 2010 – examines a rising interest in historical fiction in relation to the new prize.
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