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The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

The UK's premier annual prize for non-fiction books

The Baillie Gifford Prize rewards excellence in non-fiction writing, bringing the best in intelligent reflection on the world to new readers. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts. We celebrate the best in contemporary non-fiction writing as we believe all the best stories are true.

Toby Mundy, Prize Director

The 2024 Prize

Get ready for another year of brilliant non-fiction with this year's judges, chaired by Isabel Hilton, for the 26th edition of the Prize. Keep your eyes peeled for more information...

Key dates in the 2024 prize

Entries opened

4 April 2024

Longlist announced

5 September 2024

Shortlist announced

10 October 2024

Winner & prize ceremony

19 November 2024

More about the 2024 prize

The Prize announces the 2023 winner

We are delighted to announce that John Vaillant is the winner of the 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize. 

Read more about the 2023 winner

Find your next favourite read

The prize provides a growing list of books by astonishing authors to inspire, educate and inform.

A one off documentary

To celebrate 25 years of the prize in 2023, we shared this one-off documentary with you. All The Best Stories Are True explores the history of the prize. From nail-biting moments to life changing stories, the documentary uncovers how the prize started out as the non-fiction rival to the Booker, and what the next two and a half decades hold for readers and writers in a world now steeped in ‘fake news’.

The 2022 Prize

Find out more about all the books that made the 2022 longlist and shortlist here. 

Find out more about the 2022 Prize