Winning Prize: £10,000
Entry fee: £50 (reduced price entry available*) 
Deadline for Entries: 31st July 2019
Chair of Judges: Simon Savidge


All applicants must fill out the entry form attached above and send it alongside four copies (or proofs) of each title, to arrive at The Portico Library not later than 31st July 2019. Submissions should be sent as soon as possible. Physical copies only will be accepted by post or hand delivery. Digital copies or e-books will not be considered.


There is a £50 fee per entry.* Information about how to pay is included on the entry form.

If a book is shortlisted an additional £500 is required towards general publicity. The authors of self-published short-listed entries will be required to pay £100.

*A limited number of reduced price entries are available on request for smaller publishers and self-published authors. If you would like to apply for one of these, please email: to register your interest and for further details.

Entry criteria

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. Please read the Eligibility and Rules for full guidelines:

The Prize

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. Please read the Eligibility and Rules for more information:


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.

Key dates

31st July 2019:         Submission deadline

October 2019:       Long-list announcement

November 2019:   Shortlist announcement

January 2020:       Announcement of winner and award presentation

If you are a publisher and would like to receive reminders ahead of the deadline, please email:


For all enquiries regarding submissions, please contact:

Sarah Hill

0161 236 6785