The Hessell-Tiltman prize of £2,000 is awarded annually for a non-fiction book of specifically historical content.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 for the 2021 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize have now closed. Entries to next year’s prize will open in early 2022.