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


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