Introduction

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

They are the only awards of their kind to be presented by a university.

Stack of books

Book prize

Two prizes, each of £10,000, are awarded annually for the best work of fiction and the best biography published in the previous year.

Book prize

Theatre seats

Drama prize

One prize of £10,000 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.

Drama prize

A student from the reading panel, surrounded by books submitted for the prize

Judges and panel

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

Judges and panel


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