Walter Scott Prize

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]

  • William Boyd, Sweet Caress — 20th century global
  • Patrick Gale, A Place Called Winter — early 20th century Saskatchewan
  • Gavin McCrea, Mrs Engels — 19th century England
  • Allan Massie, End Games in Bordeaux — France WWII
  • Blue ribbon Simon Mawer, Tightrope — France WWII
  • Lucy Treloar, Salt Creek — mid-19th century Australia

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 18 April 2018.[20] The winner was announced 16 June 2018 at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival.[21]

2019

The shortlist was announced on 2 April 2019.[22] The winner was announced at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland on 15 June 2019.[23]