The Prize


The Rathbones Folio Prize is the only major English language book prize to celebrate the best literature of our time, regardless of form or genre.  It is open to any book (written primarily for adults) in the given year and, uniquely, is nominated exclusively by The Folio Prize Academy, an international group of writers and critics.


This year’s Prize will be awarded on 24th May 2017 at a ceremony at the British Library.


The judges for this year’s Prize will be Ahdaf Soueif (chair), Rachel Holmes, and Lucy Hughes-Hallett.


  • 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist Announcement
  • 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize Award Ceremony at the British Library


  • Announcing: Rathbones Folio Mentorships, prize judges, and key dates


    Tuesday, 14 March 2017: Together with its sponsor, Rathbone Investment Management, The Folio Prize Foundation is delighted to announce the Rathbones Folio Mentorships, in association with First Story. The Folio Academy, over 250 strong, is the group of outstanding writers and critics who form the Prize’s unique, de facto governing body. Now, with the launch of the More

  • Announcing the 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize


            The Folio Prize Foundation announces a new sponsor and expanded remit for 2017 and beyond, as well as the appointment of Ahdaf Soueif as chair of the judging panel.   Tuesday, 13 December 2016: The Folio Prize Foundation today announces a new collaboration with Rathbone Investment Management Ltd to form the More

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