About the awards
The James Tait Black Prizes, established in 1919, are Britain's longest running literary awards. In 2013 a prize for drama was introduced.
The James Tait Black Prizes recognise the best fiction and biography books of the year.
The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates innovative drama produced worldwide.
Janet Coats Black prize
To mark the centenary of the prizes in 2019, and to honour the founder, the University presented an additional prize – a creative writing award for short story writing.
The legacy of Janet Coats Black
The James Tait Black Prizes originate from the charitable legacy of Janet Coats Black. Her bequest launched what have become the UK’s longest running book prizes, awarded in the name of her husband.