PEN/Ackerley Prize

PEN Ackerley Prize (or, J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography) is awarded annually by English PEN for a literary autobiography of excellence, written by an author of British nationality and published during the preceding year. The winner receives £3,000. In recent years, the winner has been announced at the annual English PEN summer party.

The prize was established by Nancy West, née Ackerley, sister of English author and editor J. R. Ackerley, and was first awarded in 1982.

The prize is judged by the trustees of the J. R. Ackerley Trust; biographer and historian Peter Parker (Chair), writer and painter Colin Spencer, author Georgina Hammick and writer and critic Claire Harman.[1] There is no formal submission process for the award — judges simply "call in" books to be added to their longlist.[2]



  1. ^ "PEN Ackerley Prize".
  2. ^ "PEN Ackerley Prize". English PEN. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Michael Frayn wins PEN Ackerley Prize 2011". English PEN.
  4. ^ Sharp, Robert. "Duncan Fallowell wins PEN Ackerley Prize 2012". English PEN.
  5. ^ Sharp, Robert. "Richard Holloway wins PEN Ackerley Prize 2013". English PEN. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  6. ^ Sharp, Robert. "Watch: Lennie Goodings reads Sonali Deraniyagala's PEN Ackerley Prize acceptance speech". English PEN. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  7. ^ Sharp, Robert. "Henry Marsh awarded PEN Ackerley Prize 2015". English PEN. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  8. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine (13 July 2016),"Alice Jolly's crowdfunded memoir wins PEN Ackerley Prize", The Bookseller.
  9. ^ Sharp, Robert (6 July 2017). "Amy Liptrot awarded PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 for 'The Outrun'". English PEN. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  10. ^ Chandler, Mark (10 July 2019), "Daley-Ward wins PEN Ackerley Prize", The Bookseller. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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