We’re delighted to announce that the Historical Writers’ Association will once more be offering three Crown Awards for exceptional historical writing. Entries for the HWA Crowns for 2020 are now open.
The prizes are open to books first published in English in the UK between 1 April, 2019 and 31st March, 2020. Translations into English are welcome.
HWA Gold Crown
The Gold Crown is for the best historical novel which was first published in the UK in English between 1 April, 2019 and 31st March, 2020.
The winner in 2019 was Diane Setterfield for Once Upon a River.
HWA Non-fiction Crown
This award is for the best non-fiction history book published in the UK in English.
The 2019 Non-fiction Crown was won by Ben Macintyre for The Spy and the Traitor.
HWA Debut Crown
The Debut Crown goes to the best historical novel by a first-time fiction author of any nationality which was first published in the UK in English.
Laura Shepherd-Robinson won this award in 2019 for Blood & Sugar.
Nominations in all three HWA Crown Awards categories close on 15 April, 2020. Full details and entry forms are on the HWA website.
For these awards, we define ‘historical’ as meaning predominantly set at least 35 years ago for fiction, or dealing with subjects from at least 35 years ago for non-fiction.
We’ll announce the long- and shortlists over summer 2020 and the three prizes will be awarded in November.
If you’ve got any questions about the HWA Crowns or want to check on a submission, email Imogen Robertson, the HWA’s chair.
There are still sponsorship opportunities available for these respected awards. For details please email Imogen Robertson.
Read about the the 2019 HWA Crown Awards.