Holgate and Collins to judge the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize

Holgate and Collins to judge the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize

Andrew Holgate, literary editor of the Sunday Times, will chair the Baillie Gifford Prize judging panel for the 2021 awards. 

Holgate is joined by Costa Award-winning novelist Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Penguin), as well as the oceanographer and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski and the biographer and critic Kathryn Hughes, along with author and presenter Johny Pitts. Dominic Sandbrook, historian and writer, will complete the judging panel.  

Submissions are now open and publishers have until 12th June to enter up to three non-fiction books per imprint with publication dates between 1st November 2020 and 31st October 2021.  

Holgate, who has been literary editor at the Sunday Times since 2008, said: "There really is no other prize like the Baillie Gifford, which has both a fabulous heritage stretching back decades, and a unique role in offering an overview of the entire non-fiction world. As media continues to fracture, prizes have never been more important, and the Baillie Gifford is one of the very best of them."  

Toby Mundy, director of the Baillie Gifford Prize, said: “This is our seventh year with Baillie Gifford as our lead sponsor and the award continues to go from strength to strength.” 

The winner of the 2021 prize will be announced on 16th November, following the shortlist announcement in October and longlist in September. The prize aims to recognise and 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. The 2021 awards dinner is supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, a private foundation supporting science and education.

Last year’s prize went to Private Eye journalist and author Craig Brown for One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time (Fourth Estate), which judges said “reinvented the art of biography”. 

More information about submitting books can be found here