James Tait Black Prizes

About the awards

Established in 1919, The James Tait Black Prizes are Britain's oldest literary awards. A prize for drama was introduced in 2013.

Book prize

Student reading book
The book prizes are awarded annually for the best work of fiction and the best biography published in the previous year.

Drama prize

Theatre seats
The drama prize is awarded annually for the best original new play written in English, Scots or Gaelic and performed by a professional company in the previous year.

Judges and panel

The James Tait Black Prizes are the only major British book awards judged by scholars and students.