Winning Prize: £10,000
Chair of Judges: Simon Savidge
The Portico Prize is a celebration of northern literature. Publishers and self-published authors are invited to submit titles in any format across fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Books must be published between 1st January 2017 and 31st July 2019 in the UK. Authors may be based anywhere. Above all, The Portico Prize seeks to celebrate the best writing that evokes the spirit of the North of England.
One prize of £10,000 will be awarded to the winning author. Shortlisted authors will be gifted with honourary membership of The Portico Library in 2020.
A longlist of fifteen titles will be chosen by The Society of Readers and Writers, a group of local literary enthusiasts appointed by The Portico Prize committee. From the longlist, a panel of five judges will identify a shortlist of six books from which they will finally select an overall winner. The Judges’ decision is final. The Judges have the right to withhold the prize and no correspondence will be entered into.
31st July 2019 Submission deadline
30th September 2019 Long-list announcement
November 2019 Shortlist announcement
January 2020 Announcement of winner and award presentation