Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 - 2015), it is
the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK and worth £30,000
to the winner. The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to reward the best of
non-fiction and is open to authors of any nationality. It covers
all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics,
science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.
It was announced at the end of 2015 that Edinburgh-based
investment management partnership Baillie Gifford was to become
primary sponsor. The agreement with Baillie Gifford will provide
substantial support over an initial period of five years, which
will enable the prize to build its profile and impact, both
nationally and internationally. The award was renamed 'The Baillie Gifford Prize for
Submissions are in spring, the shortlist will be announced in
October, with the winner revealed in November. For more about the
prize, see its website.
David France won the 2017 Prize for How to Survive a
The 2018 shortlist included Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a
Man by Thomas Page McBee (Canongate Books). Serhii Plokhy
won the 2018 Prize for Chernobyl: History of A
Hallie Rubenhold for her book The Five: The Untold
Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Doubleday)
The winner of the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize will be announced
on 24 November 2020. Please see the website for more details.