The Baillie Gifford Prize 2021 Judges Announced

The judging panel for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction is announced today.  Chair of judges and Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate is joined by award winning novelist Sara Collins, the physicist, oceanographer, writer and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski, the biographer and critic Kathryn Hughes, author and TV and radio presenter Johny Pitts, and historian and writer Dominic Sandbrook.

Andrew Holgate says: “It’s an easy thing to say, I know, but it really is such an honour to be asked to chair this year’s Baillie Gifford prize, and I am so excited about working with the five superb writers and critics who have agreed to join me on the panel. There really is no other prize like the Baillie Gifford, which has both a fabulous heritage stretching back decades, and a unique role in offering an overview of the entire non-fiction world. As media continues to fracture, prizes have never been more important, and the Baillie Gifford is one of the very best of them.”

Toby Mundy, director of the Baillie Gifford Prize says: ‘This is our seventh year with Baillie Gifford as our lead sponsor and the award continues to go from strength to strength. I cannot wait to see what this stellar group of judges, led by Andrew Holgate, choose.”

The winner of the 2021 prize will be announced on 16 November, following the shortlist announcement in October and longlist in September.

The prize aims to recognise and 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.

You can tune into to Read Smart, the Baillie Gifford Prize podcast on iTunes, Spotify, SoundcloudStitcher and Entale.

The podcast series and Awards Dinner is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The announcement coincides with the opening of submissions for this year’s prize. Publishers have until 12 June 2021 to enter up to three non-fiction books per imprint with publication dates between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2021.   More information about submitting books can be found at

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