The Baillie Gifford Prize aims to 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.
Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015) it is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £30,000 to the winner.
Historically, The NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction ran for 10 years from 1987 to 1997 and The Samuel Johnson Prize launched in 1999 taking over where the NCR Award left off.
In 2016 Baillie Gifford, the Edinburgh-based investment management partnership, signed a five-year minimum agreement to become sponsor of The Samuel Johnson Prize. Under the terms of its sponsorship, the prize was renamed ‘The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction’ and the prize organisers aim to build it over the next five years into the pre-eminent non-fiction book award in the world.
Sponsoring the prize continues Baillie Gifford’s long tradition of supporting literary and cultural events. “Our long term commitment to the prize reflects our belief in the importance of supporting key literary and cultural events, and I am pleased that we have now added such an eminent award to our other literary relationships,” says Sarah Whitley, Partner and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee at Baillie Gifford. “We look forward to working with the prize organisers and will continue to advance its motto that ‘all the best stories are true’.”