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Prizes, grants and awards

Betty Trask Prizes and Awards (past winners)

for first novels by authors under the age of 35

2006 Nick Laird Utterly Monkey (Fourth Estate/Harper Perennial) £10,000 Peter Hobbs The Short Day Dying (Faber & Faber) £5,000 Nicola Monaghan The Killing Jar (Chatto & Windus) £5,000


2005 Susan Fletcher Eve Green (Fourth Estate) £16,000 Diana Evans 26a (Chatto & Windus) £2,000 Helen Walsh Brass (Canongate) £2,000


2004 Louise Dean Becoming Strangers (Scribner) £8,000 Hannah MacDonald The Sun Road (Little, Brown) £6,000 Anthony Cartwright The Afterglow (Tindal Street Press) £3,000 Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi The Last Song of Dusk (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) £3,000


2003 Jon McGregor If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (Bloomsbury) £10,000 Sarah Hall Haweswater (Faber and Faber) £6,000 Stephanie Merritt Gaveston (Faber and Faber) £4,000 Elizabeth Garner Nightdancing (Headline) £2,000 Zoe Strachan Negative Space (Picador) £2,000 Adam Thirlwell Politics (Jonathan Cape) £1,000


2002 Hari Kunzru The Impressionist (Hamish Hamilton) £8,000 Rachel Seiffert The Dark Room (William Heinemann) £5,000 Shamim Sarif The World Unseen (The Women’s Press) £4,000 Helen Cross My Summer of Love (Bloomsbury) £2,000 Chloe Hooper A Child’s Book of True Crime (Jonathan Cape) £2,000 Susanna Jones The Earthquake Bird (Picador) £2,000 Gwendoline Riley Cold Water (Jonathan Cape) £2,000


2001 Zadie Smith White Teeth (Hamish Hamilton) £6,000 Justin Hill The Drink and Dream Teahouse (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) £5,000 Maggie O’Farrell After You’d Gone (Headline Review) £5,000 Vivien Kelly Take One Young Man (Arrow) £4,000 Mohsin Hamid Moth Smoke (Granta) £2,500 Patrick Neate Musungu Jim and the Great Chief Tuloko (Penguin) £2,500


2000 Jonathan Tulloch The Season Ticket (Jonathan Cape) £10,000 Julia Leigh The Hunter (Faber and Faber) £7,000 Susan Elderkin Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains (Fourth Estate) £4,000 Galaxy Craze By The Shore (Jonathan Cape) £2,000 Nicholas Griffin The Requiem Shark (Little, Brown) £2,000


1999 Elliot Perlman Three Dollars (Faber and Faber) £7,000 Catherine Chidgey In a Fishbone Church (Picador Macmillan) £6,000 Giles Foden The Last King of Scotland (Faber and Faber) £4,000 Dennis Bock Olympia (Bloomsbury) £3,000 Rajeev Balasubramanyam In Beautiful Disguises (unpublished ms, to be published by Bloomsbury) £2,500 Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet (Virago) £1,000


1998 Kiran Desai Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (Faber and Faber) £10,000 Nick Earls Zigzag Street (Macmillan) £8,000 Phil Whitaker Eclipse of the Sun (Phoenix House) £5,000 Gail Anderson-Dargatz The Cure for Death by Lighting (Virago) £1,000 Tobias Hill Underground (unpublished MS) £1,000


1997 Alex Garland The Beach (Viking) £12,000 Josie Barnard Poker Face (Virago) £5,000 Ardashir Vakil Beach Boy (Hamish Hamilton) £5,000 Diran Adebayo Some Kind of Black (Virago) £1,500 Sanjida O’Connell Theory of Mind (Black Swan) £1,500


1996 John Lanchester The Debt to Pleasure (Macmillan) £8,000 Meera Syal Anita and Me (Flamingo) £7,000 Rhidian Brook The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (Flamingo) £5,000 Louis Caron Buss The Luxury of Exile (Jonathan Cape) £5,000


1995 Robert Newman Dependence Day (Century) £10,000 Mark Behr The Smell of Apples (Little, Brown) £8,000 Martina Evans Midnight Feast (unpublished MS, accepted by Heinemann) £3,000 Rohit Manchanda A Speck of Coaldust (unpublished MS) £1,000 Juliet Thomas Hallelujah Jordan (unpublished MS) £1,000 Philippa Walshe The Latecomer (unpublished MS) £1,000 Madeleine Wickham The Tennis Party (Black Swan) £1,000


1994 Colin Bateman Divorcing Jack (proof HarperCollins) £12,000 Nadeem Aslam Season of the Rainbirds (Andre Deutsch) £10,000 Guy Burt After the Hole (Transworld) £1,000 Frances Liardet The Game (Macmillan) £1,000 Jonathan Rix Some Hope (Andre Deutsch) £1,000


1993 Mark Blackaby You’ll Never be Here Again (Gollancz) £10,000 Andrew Cowan Pig (Michael Joseph) £7,000 Simon Corrigan Tommy Was Here (Andre Deutsch) £5,000 Joanna Briscoe Mothers and Other Lovers (Phoenix) £2,000 Olivia Fane Landing on Clouds (Mandarin) £2,000


1992 Liane Jones The Dream Stone (Heinemann) £10,000 Peter M Rosenburg Kissing Through a Pane of Glass (Simon & Schuster) £5,000 Tibor Fischer Under the Frog (Polygon) £3,000 Eugene Mullan The Last of His Line (unpublished) £3,000 Edward St Aubyn Never Mind (Heinemann) £3,000


1991Amit Chaudhuri A Strange and Sublime Address (Heinemann) £10,000 Mark Swallow Teaching Little Fang (Macmillan) £7,000 Suzannah Dunn Quite Contrary (Sinclair Stevenson) £2,000 Lesley Glaister Honour Thy Father (Secker & Warburg) £2,000 Nino Ricci Lives of the Saints (W H Allen) £2,000 Simon Mason The Great English Nude (Constable) £2,000


1990 Robert McLiam Wilson Ripley Bogle (Andre Deutsch) £16,000 Elizabeth Chadwick The Wild Hunt (Michael Joseph) £3,000 Rosemary Cohen No Strange Land (unpublished) £3,000 Nicholas Shakespeare The Vision of Elena Silves (Collins Harvill) £3,000


1989 Nigel Watts The Life Game (Hodder & Stoughton) £10,000 William Riviere Watercolour Sky (Hodder & Stoughton) £5,000 Paul Houghton Harry’s Last Wedding (unpublished) £2,000 Alasdair McKee Uncle Henry’s Last Stand (Chatto & Windus) £2,000


1988 Alex Martin The General Interruptor MS (Viking/Penguin) £6,500 Candia McWilliam A Case of Knives (Bloomsbury) £6,500 Georgina Andrewes Behind the Waterfall (Pandora Press) £2,000 James Friel Left of North (Macmillan) £2,000 Glenn Patterson Burning Your Own (Chatto & Windus) £2,000 Susan Webster Small Tales of a Town (Simon & Schuster) £2,000


1987 James Maw Hard Luck (Quartet Books) £8,000 Peter Benson The Levels (proof, Constable) £4,500 Helen Flint Return Journey (proof, Heinemann) £4,500 Catherine Arnold Lost Time (Hodder & Stoughton) £1,000 H S Bhabra Gestures (Michael Joseph) £1,000 Lucy Pinney The Pink Stallion (proof, Hodder & Stoughton) £1,000
1986 Tim Parks Tongues of Flames (Heinemann) £9,000 Patricia Ferguson Family, Myths and Legends (Deutsch) £4,500 Philippa Blake Mzungu’s Wife (MS Bodley Head) £1,000 Matthew Kneale Whore Banquets accepted (MS Gollancz) £1,000 J F McLaughlin The Road to Dilmun (unpublished) £1,000 Kate Saunders The Prodigal Father (proof, Cape) £1,000


1985 Susan Kay Legacy (accepted MS Bodley Head) £12,500 Gary Armitage A Season of Peace (proof Secker & Warburg) £1,000 Elizabeth Ironside A Very Private Enterprise (Hodder & Stoughton) £1,000 Alice Mitchell Instead of Eden (MS W H Allen) £1,000 Caroline Stickland The Standing Hills (MS Gollancz) £1,000 George Schweiz The Earth Abides For Ever (unpublished) £1,000


1984 Ronald Frame Winter Journey (accepted by MS Bodley Head) £6,750 Clare Nonhebel Cold Showers (MS Century Hutchinson) £6,750 James Buchan A Parish of Rich Women (accepted MS Hamish Hamilton) £1,000 Helen Harris Playing Fields in Winter (MS Century Hutchinson) £1,000 Gareth Jones The Disinherited (Gollancz) £1,000 Simon Rees The Devil's Looking Glass (MS Methuen) £1,000