The Hessell-Tiltman prize of £2,000 is awarded annually for a non-fiction book of specifically historical content.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.
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- 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.