Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2020 - call for entries

News - Prizes Thursday, 24th September 2020

£2,500 prize judges by Rupert Christiansen, Selina Hastings, Alexander Masters


The Biographers' Club is calling for entries to the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2020. Literary quarterly Slightly Foxed sponsors the prize, worth £2,500.

The judges are Rupert Christiansen, opera critic of the Daily Telegraph since 1996, and author of 12 books, including a biography of Arthur Hugh Clough and The Complete Book of Aunts; Selina Hastings, biographer of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh, Rosamond Lehmann and Somerset Maugham; and Alexander Masters, author of Stuart: A Life Backwards, The Genius in My Basement and A Life Discarded. Masters received the Biographers' Club Exceptional Contribution to Biography Award  2019. 

Only entries submitted by UK publishers are eligible. The prize takes in literary memoirs, but not celebrity autobiographies, books in translation or ghostwritten books. The eligibility period is 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Four copies of each title (proofs are acceptable; please include press releases to confirm publication dates) should be submitted by 31 October along with entry forms (downloadable from the website) and entry fees of £25 per title. Books to be sent by post (NOT courier) to: Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, c/o Jane Mays, 21 Marsden Street, London NW5 3HE.

The prize will be awarded in March 2021.

The 2019 winner was Jonathan Phillips for The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin (Bodley Head); other previous winners include Charles Moore and Bart van Es.

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