Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2018

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The Biographers’ Club is now accepting submissions for The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2018.

This year’s prize will be presented in March 2019 at a party in London. £2,500 will be awarded to the best book by a first-time biographer.

The judges for the 2018 prize are Anne Chisholm, Rachel Cooke and Andrew O’Hagan.

  • Anne Chisholm is a writer and critic, and has written biographies of Nancy Cunard and Frances Partridge. She is former Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.
  • Rachel Cooke is a prize-winning journalist, writer and columnist at the Observer and television critic at the New Statesman.
  • Andrew O’Hagan is Editor-at-Large of the London Review of Books and Esquire. He writes fiction and non-fiction, and his most recent book is The Secret Life: Three True Stories.

Biographies published between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018 are eligible, and the author must be resident in the UK.

Winners of the prize for the last four years were:

  • 2017 Edmund Gordon for The Invention of Angela Carter (Chatto & Windus)
  • 2016 Hisham Matar for The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Viking)
  • 2015 Alan Cumming for Not My Father’s Son (Canongate)
  • 2014 Claudia Renton for Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power (HarperCollins)

For more information on the prize and how to enter, please follow this link to the Biographers’ Club website: Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize Entry Form


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  1. Ana Maldonado says:

    Hello,
    I’m reaching out on behalf of Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group publishing.
    We wish to nominate a book, but can we have the fee invoiced or charged to a credit card?
    We don’t normally do bank transfers/cheque.

    Looking forward to your response.

    Kind regards,
    Ana M.

    • Slightly Foxed says:

      Hello Ana, many thanks for getting in touch. We’re delighted that you’d like to enter a book for the Best First Biography Prize. The Biographers’ Club handle entries for the prize, so it’s best to direct any queries about payment to them. They can be contacted via a form on their website (https://www.biographers.club/contact-the-club/) or by email: [email protected]. Do let me know if you’d like any further information. Best wishes, Olivia

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