The Portico Prize for Literature, established in 1985 by The Portico Library, celebrates the strong regional and literary identity of the North of England with the aim of raising awareness of the diversity of its cultural, literary and historical heritage. The Prize is awarded biennially to a work of fiction (including poetry) and a work of non-fiction.
The Portico Prize is run by the Portico Library in association with their Pennine Literary Partners, comprising cultural organisations across Northern England: Manchester Metropolitan University, The Leeds Library, The Athenaeum Liverpool, The Newcastle Lit & Phil, The Armitt Museum, Chester University and The Manchester Children's Book Festival. The Portico Prize also supports local and regional bookshops, currently The Chorlton Bookshop.
The Portico Prize for Literature has been generously supported by funding from Arts Council England and The Zochonis Charitable Trust.