DEADLINE: 31st July 2019

Once described as ‘the Booker of the North’, The Portico Prize awards £10,000 to the book that best evokes the spirit of the North of England. The biennial prize is the UK’s only award of its kind, and accepts submissions across all formats including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m particularly proud to have won this prize because of its association with the Portico, which is one of the hidden gems of Manchester. It’s also very gratifying that the judges were willing to consider a genre novel for a prestigious literary prize. Let’s hope this is the start of a new trend!
— Val McDermid 2006


1985 - 2015


News and updates

All of the latest news from The Portico Prize 2019


2019 Partner

The Portico Prize 2019 is pleased to announce its new partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. The Manchester Writing School at Man Met is one of the most successful literary centres in the UK today, and is home to the country’s largest postgraduate English and Creative Writing community. The designation of Manchester as the North’s first UNESCO City of Literature makes this an ideal moment for an educational partnership which can help The Portico Prize 2019 celebrate and promote creativity in the region.


The Society of Readers and Writers

For the first time, The Portico Library is introducing The Society of Readers and Writers, an appointed group of fifteen locally based book lovers and literary enthusiasts who will collectively draw up a Longlist for the Portico Prize 2019. Submissions to The Portico Prize will be divided between the Society, which includes publishers, authors, performance poets, librarians, book sellers and critics. Further details about the Society members will be announced shortly.



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