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Spotlight on: new judge Katharine Grant

2nd March, 2017

Our third new WSP judge for 2017 is writer Katharine Grant.  We asked her how she would approach the judging, and she gave us some rather lovely answers. “History isn’t his-story: it’s our story, and our story is the heart of historical novels. Walter Scott understood this, and the prize so generously founded in his… Read More »

Spotlight on: new judge Kate Figes

2nd March, 2017

Writer and journalist Kate Figes joined the Walter Scott Prize judging panel earlier this year.  We asked her what she was looking forward to in becoming a WSP judge. Kate: I spend so much of my time reading non fiction for YOU magazine that it is going to be a joy to be steeped in… Read More »

Spotlight on: new judge James Holloway

28th February, 2017

James Holloway CBE is one of three new judges on the Walter Scott Prize judging panel this year.  We asked him a few questions about the judging task ahead. Q:  Why do you think historical fiction is important? A:  The best historical fiction is a passport to a vanished world, a way of connecting the… Read More »

2017 longlist announced

22nd February, 2017

The longlist of thirteen for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 is announced! The Walter Scott Prize Longlist 2017 Jo Baker A Country Road, A Tree (Doubleday) Julian Barnes The Noise of Time (Jonathan Cape) Sebastian Barry Days Without End (Faber) Richard Francis Crane Pond (Europa) Linda Grant The Dark Circle (Virago) Charlotte Hobson The Vanishing Futurist (Faber) Hannah… Read More »

The Walter Scott Prize Academy Recommends

22nd February, 2017

We are delighted to reveal here a list of 20 books recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy. The Academy was launched last year, to help broaden the reach of the Prize and strengthen its resources. An advisory group feeding into the submission process, it comprises people at the centre of literary life in the… Read More »

Three new WSP judges are announced

23rd January, 2017

Three new judges for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction are announced today.  Writers and journalists Kate Figes and Katharine Grant, and art historian James Holloway, join Elizabeth Buccleuch, Elizabeth Laird, James Naughtie, and Chair, Alistair Moffat, on the judging panel for the 2017 Prize.  Find out all about our new Judges here!… Read More »

The Walter Scott Prize reaches Australia

19th January, 2017

The Walter Scott Prize’s patron, the Duke of Buccleuch, was recently in Sydney and was delighted to meet up with Academy member Jemma Birrell.  Jemma was one of the first recruits to the newly-formed Walter Scott Prize Academy, and showed Richard around Bondi Beach before talking books.  Jemma was until recently Artistic Director of Sydney… Read More »

Announcing our new Academy

9th December, 2016

The Prize’s founder and sponsor the Duke of Buccleuch is delighted to announce the launch of the Walter Scott Prize Academy. Designed to broaden the global reach and strengthen the resources of the Prize, the Academy is an advisory group feeding into the submission process, comprising people at the centre of literary life in the UK… Read More »

As winter arrives, so do the books

28th November, 2016

The Walter Scott Prize is now open – and we’ve been enjoying the first rush of entries, from publishers here in the UK and abroad.  Here are some of our earliest entries, gathered together for a quick pic in the low winter sun here in at WSP HQ in Scotland. We’re struck by the gorgeous… Read More »

The Walter Scott Prize 2017 opens for entries!

3rd November, 2016

The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has opened for submissions.  Publishers have until Tuesday 31st January 2017 to enter their 2016 books. For more details on how publishers can enter, go here Now in its eighth year, the prize is also excited to announce the creation of a new Walter Scott Prize Academy. The… Read More »