Carmen Maria Machado’s
In The Dream House
Wins The Rathbones Folio Prize 2021
Carmen Maria Machado’s In The Dream House is a breathtakingly inventive, unflinchingly honest examination of domestic abuse in a female relationship, in which Machado breaks down the idea of what the memoir form can do and be – and bravely approaches a subject for which literary treatment has been extremely rare.
Watch The Prize Cremony
The Rathbones Folio Prize 2021 Ceremony, hosted from the British Library by Razia Iqbal. In the lead up to the announcement, meet the eight shortlisted authors as they discuss their books and writing processes and hear from the judges, Roger Robinson, Jon McGregor and Sinéad Gleeson, who had the task of selecting just one winner from 80 nominated titles.
The Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist 2021
From South London’s estates to 18th-century Ireland and its modern counterpart; with takes on class, sexual awakening and domestic abuse; from mermaid myths to the making of things – eight deeply personal works of literature “pushing at the edges of their forms” shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021.
handiwork by Sara Baume
Indelicacy by Amina Cain
As You Were by Elaine Feeney
Poor by Caleb Femi
My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long
In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
A Ghost In The Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffery
The Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK. All genres and all forms of literature are eligible, except work written primarily for children. The format of first publication may be print or digital. The Prize will be awarded for books published in the previous calendar year. Click here to read the constitution.
We’re delighted to hold an expanded partnership with our sponsors Rathbones Investment Management, which secures the future of the Prize, Mentorships and Sessions until at least 2023. The sponsorship by Rathbones enables us to step up our charitable objectives, while also increasing the value of the Prize, with the winner set to receive a cheque for £30,000.
The Folio Academy
The Folio Academy, an international group of people, primarily writers and critics, are immersed in the world of books. The Academy plays a decisive role in selecting titles to be considered for the Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist, and each year the judges will be drawn from its number. The mentors who lead each year’s Rathbones Folio Mentorships will also come from the Academy.