Upcoming announcement dates for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

The longlist for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction prize will be announced on Thursday 9 September followed by the shortlist announcement on Tuesday 12 October. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 November at an awards dinner at the Science Museum generously supported by The Blavatnik Family Foundation.  This winner announcement will also be livestreamed across the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction social channels.

This year’s chair of judges is Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate.  The chair 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.

The prize aims to recognize 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.

Last year’s winner was Craig Brown for One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time, which in paperback went on to become a Waterstones Book of the Month.

The Baillie Gifford Prize podcast, Read Smart, is generously supported by The Blavatnik Family Foundation, and is available on iTunesSpotifySoundCloud and Entale.

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