Submissions open for the 10th anniversary of the Wellcome Book Prize

Today, submissions open for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize, which will mark the 10th anniversary of this annual award celebrating exceptional works of literature that illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness.

UK publishers are now invited to submit up to three titles per imprint – including fiction and non-fiction – published in the UK between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018. Submissions must be received by 7 September 2018. Submissions information for publishers.

The £30,000 prize crosses genres and, since 2009, has recognised an eclectic variety of extraordinary books, from novels (Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal) to memoir (The Iceberg by Marion Coutts) to popular science (It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan).

Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine and winner of the 2018 prize, said:

“The Wellcome Book Prize is an extraordinary literary award, not just for its highlighting of books that illuminate the human experience through engagement with questions of health and illness, but also its openness to various literary forms across fiction and non-fiction. The award is not just important in and of itself; it also presents a significant cultural argument about the necessity of literary engagements with scientific and medical themes. Receiving the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize has been among the greatest experiences of my life as a writer. It was an incredible honour to be chosen from such a varied and illustrious list of nominated writers, and I am still only beginning to take account of the transformational effects the award has had on my career.”


The Wellcome Book Prize timetable

  • Judging panel announced

  • Longlist announced

  • Shortlist announced

  • Winner announced