News and Updates from the Rathbones Folio Prize
TLS Bookshop Competition
Terms and conditions: By entering the free prize draw (the “Prize Draw”) you agree to these terms and conditions. The Prize Draw is open to everyone, aged 18 or over, except for employees of the Rathbones Folio Prize, their families, agencies or anyone else associated...
The 2023 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlists
The Category Winners and the Rathbones Folio Prize Book of the Year will be announced in a ceremony at the British Library on Monday 27 March. The shortlisted authors will take part in events across the country as well as an evening of shortlist sessions at the...
Digital Residency for Ukrainian Author Volodymyr Rafeienko
Award-winning Ukrainian novelist and poet Volodymyr Rafeienko is the recipient of a digital writing residency at the University of Chichester, organised in partnership with the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Stephen Spender Trust. The residency is supported through the...
Judges for the 2023 Prize & New Shortlist Categories
Our 2023 jury of Ali Smith (chair), Jackie Kay and Guy Gunaratne will judge the Writers' Prize with a new, expanded format. Since 2017 the Rathbones Folio Prize has celebrated all works of literature regardless of form. New for 2023 the Prize will celebrate three...
The 2022 Mentorships Showcase
Our groundbreaking Mentorships Programme gives talented graduates from First Story the opportunity to be mentored for one year by experienced, acclaimed writers from our Academy. The 2022 Rathbones Folio mentees, their mentors, family and friends gathered at the...
The Rathbones Folio Prize Ceremony 2022
We were honoured to welcome authors, publishers, agents, booksellers and many more to the British Library on Tuesday 22nd March to celebrate this year's books. The winning title, announced by Chair of Judges Tessa Hadley, was Colm Tóibín's The Magician, and he joined...
The 2022 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist Party
The eight books shortlisted for the 2022 Rathbones Folio Prize were revealed in a convivial gathering at Rathbones' London offices on Wednesday 9th February.
Read Around Ukraine
In light of the tragic events taking place in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, we wanted to show our solidarity for the millions affected. Believing that literature is always a form of dialogue, and as a response to the huge demand from readers seeking to gain perspective...
The Day is Fresh – an anthology of work by RFP mentees
The Day is Fresh showcases fantasy, thriller, realism, experimental prose, and poetry by 14 gifted graduates of the Rathbones Folio Mentorships programme. The anthology was edited by Ralf Webb, author of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection-shortlisted Rotten...
Supporting Writers: Unmute Anthology
Rathbones Folio Prize, also known as the Writer’s Prize’, is proud to support all writers and so we are pleased to support and encourage reading the anthology ‘Unmute: Young Voices from Lockdown’.
Rathbones Folio Mentees – Creative Writing Extracts 2020
We're delighted to present four extracts from the 2019 – 2020 Rathbones Folio Mentees: Nidaa Raoof, Mariamah Davey, Maria Clark and Weronika Baranowska. The Rathbones Folio Mentorships 2019 – 2020, run in association with First Story and supported by Arts Council...
Rathbones Folio Prize 2020 Shortlist Photo Gallery
A selection of photographs from the Rathbones Folio 2020 Shortlist Annoucement, held at the Rathbones offices on 25 February 2020.
Rathbones Folio Mentees 2019 – Creative Writing Extracts
As part of National Writing Day, we’re delighted to share extracts from the creative writing portfolios of this year’s Rathbones Folio Mentees.
The Rathbones Folio Sessions and Prize Ceremony Photo Gallery
A selection of photographs from the Rathbones Folio Sessions and Prize Ceremony, held at the British Library on the 19th and 20th May 2019.
The Rathbones Folio 2019 Shortlist – In Conversation
Listen to this year’s shortlisted authors discuss their work and craft, ahead of the winner announcement on Monday 20 May 2019.
Rathbones Folio Mentees – Creative Writing Extracts
Read excerpts of the inaugural Rathbones Folio mentees’ creative writing portfolios
Quick-fire Questions with the Shortlisted Authors
We ask the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018 Shortlisted authors a series of quick-fire questions, in anticipation of the winner announcement on May 8th
Rathbones Folio Prize Judges Q&A
We ask our 2018 judges – Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla, and Kate Summerscale – a series of quick-fire questions on literature, culture, and the judging process…
Reasons to be cheerful? End-of-year reading from the Folio Academy
This year’s Rathbones Folio judges and mentors recommend books that, in one way or another, lift their spirits, at the end of a year in which all our spirits have sometimes needed lifting…
Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Sham
Q. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Robin: Perhaps since three or four, when I used to visit the bookshop my grandfather worked in, and was enchanted.
Leila: I’ve never thought ‘I want to….