The Hessell-Tiltman prize of £2,000 is awarded annually for a non-fiction book of specifically historical content. Entrants are to be books of high literary merit – that is, not primarily written for the academic market – and can cover all historical periods.
Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman was a member of PEN during the 1960s and 1970s. On her death in 1999 she bequeathed £100,000 to the PEN Literary Foundation to found a prize in her name.
Submissions will open for the 2020 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize will open in December 2019. Please use the contact form below if you would like to be informed when submissions open.
Hessell-Tiltman Prize: Rules
- The Prize of £2,000 is awarded annually.
- The Prize is for history only; historical biography is not included.
- All historical periods covered are allowed.
- The book must be a first British publication in the English language. Translations will not be considered.
- Publishers may draw attention to no more than two relevant books on their lists or imprints.
- The book must be of high literary merit i.e. not written mainly for the academic market nor of heavily military content.
- There are three judges including a chair, appointed each year.
- The judges have discretion how they individually and jointly assess the submitted books and their decision is final.
- English PEN has complete discretion in respect of any change it may wish to make from time to time.
- For more information please contact the prize administrator using the form below.
|2018||S.A. Smith||Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 – 1928||Oxford University Press|
|2017||David Olusoga||Black and British: a Forgotten History||Pan Macmillan|
|2016||Nicholas Stargardt||The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-45||The Bodley Head|
|2015||Jessie Childs||God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England||The Bodley Head|
|2014||David Reynolds||The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century||Simon & Schuster|
|2013||Keith Lowe||Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II||Viking/Penguin|
|2012||James Gleick||The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood||Fourth Estate|
|2011||Toby Wilkinson||The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: the History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra||Bloomsbury|
|2010||Diarmaid MacCulloch||A History of Christianity||Penguin|
|2009||Mark Thompson||The White War: Life & Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919||Faber & Faber|
|2008||Clair Wills||This Neutral Island||Faber & Faber|
|2007||Vic Gatrell||City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London||Atlantic Books|
|2006||Bryan Ward Perkins||The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization||Oxford University Press|
|The Boys’ Crusade
The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia
|Weidenfeld and Nicholson Allen Lane/Penguin|
|2004||Tom Holland||Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic||Abacus|
|2003||Jenny Uglow||The Lunar Men||Faber|
|2002||Margaret Macmillan||Peacemakers||John Murray|