Press Release

British Academy Book Prize 2024 announces support from Hawthornden Foundation

27 Feb 2024

Angled front view of the British Academy building in Westminster

The British Academy Book Prize, which celebrates well-researched, well-written non-fiction, has received a generous grant from Hawthornden Foundation, a private charitable foundation that backs contemporary writers and the literary arts. The new funding will enable the £25,000 international prize to deliver on its ambition to support writers and emerging talent and continue its mission to share ideas about global cultural understanding.

The British Academy will use the grant to fund a number of initiatives, the first being a webinar this summer to support new writing talent through the British Academy’s Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network. The webinar comes in response to last year’s survey with ECR Network members who expressed a need to increase their knowledge of the publishing industry and learn how to reach a wider public audience with their writing.

Professor Charles Tripp FBA, Chair, comments:

“We are delighted with this valuable support from Hawthornden Foundation. It is our ambition that the Prize should go beyond simply celebrating great works. With their backing we can do more to further global cultural understanding by sharing ideas with a wider readership, by encouraging new writers and international talent, and by making outstanding scholarship accessible.”

Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director of Hawthornden Foundation said: “We are pleased to be supporting the British Academy Book Prize in its endeavour to improve global cultural understanding. Well written non-fiction has the capacity to broaden horizons and change minds. We are keen to support the Prize in its ambitions to open up the humanities and social sciences and to support writers and new talent from around the world.”

Submissions for the 2024 prize are currently open and the deadline for submissions is Thursday 29 February.

Further information about the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding is available.

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