The Portico Prize

The Portico Prize was established in 1985 to celebrate 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 the highest quality book set wholly or mainly in the North of England. It has been described as the 'Booker of The North', with previous winners including Anthony Burgess, Val McDermid & Sarah Hall. Details of the next round of awards, eligibility and how to apply will be released early 2019.

2015’s past winners for Fiction and Non-Fiction from left to right, Ben Myers and Richard Benson.

2015’s past winners for Fiction and Non-Fiction from left to right, Ben Myers and Richard Benson.

'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
‘...I love the idea of a prize which celebrates the north of England as a setting for fiction. The literary world often seems to revolve around London- anything which redresses the balance has to be good!’
— Jane Rogers 2012