Baillie Gifford increases prize money at 25th anniversary

As part of the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction the prize money has been increased to £75,000, with the winner receiving £50,000 and the other shortlisted authors receiving £5,000 each (up from £1,000). 

Baillie Gifford, an independent investment partnership, sponsors the prize, and the company announced in 2019 that it would sponsor the award until at least 2026.

The prize is an annual British book prize for the best non-fiction writing in the English language. It was founded in 1999 following the demise of the NCR Book Award and covers a wide range of topics, including current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography, and the arts. The prize is open to authors of any nationality whose work is published in the UK in English.

It has been awarded to many notable books in the past including: Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell (2021), Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (2020), The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (2019) sand Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy by Serhii Plokhy (2018).

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