About the awards

The Wainwright Prize seeks to reward the best writing on the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing and is sponsored by Wainwright Golden Beer. It is awarded in association with The National Trust.

Andrew Dunn, Editorial Director, Frances Lincoln said:“Alfred Wainwright’s books have inspired generations of walkers, and shown countless readers a new way to see the British landscape. The unique aesthetic of the books and Wainwright’s inimitable personality place these among our greatest books about the outdoors. Since Frances Lincoln took over the publishing for Wainwright in 2003 we have revised and updated the books, celebrating 50 years in print along the way: our future publishing strategy will ensure they are enjoyed for many years to come.”

Sam Shone, Head of Marketing, Aurum Publishing Group said: “As we approach his 60th year in print, we are preparing to launch Alfred Wainwright to his biggest audience yet. This fantastic prize will not only raise the profile of British outdoors and nature writing but also introduce a new generation of fans to the Wainwright brand. Alongside the prize, we will be launching a new online home for Wainwright, where walkers can find out all they need to know in order to enjoy some of the best walks in the British countryside.”

Derek Cockell, Secretary, The Wainwright Society said: “The Wainwright Society is delighted to be associated with this exciting project, which has been developed by Frances Lincoln, the publishers of the Wainwright books. Alfred Wainwright was always keen to encourage the next generation of outdoor writers and would offer constructive ideas and enthusiastic support to those that sought his advice.”

Eligibility, Submissions, Judging & Prize

The prize will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing & culture and a celebration of the outdoors. Last year’s winner was The Outrun by Amy Liptrot.

A £5,000 prize fund will be presented to the winning book. Dame Fiona Reynolds is the chair of a passionate and erudite panel of judges comprising of Julia Bradbury, TV presenter, Sally Palmer publisher of National Trust Magazine; Bill Lyons, executive producer of Coast & Countryfile;  Dan Lewis, Marketing Manager of Stanfords and Fergus Collins, editor of Countryfile Magazine. Assisting in the judging process are Eric Robson & Jane King from The Wainwright Society.

Authors can be from any country, but the book should be narrative driven with a subject that must be related to nature, the outdoors or travel writing (not guidebooks) covering Great Britain.

Only books first published in the UK in any format during the period; Jan 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017 can be submitted for the 2017 award.

Submissions for the 2017 award will open 24th February 2017.

The longlist will be defined from the nominations using a combination of the views of; Independent Booksellers throughout the UK and specialist reviewers and with the assistance of a committee from The Wainwright Society.