Winston Graham Historical Prize revived

Winston Graham Historical Prize revived

The Royal Institution of Cornwall is reviving The Winston Graham Historical Prize, following the start of the BBC’s new adaptation of Graham’s Poldark series last night (Sunday 8th March).

The competition was first run in 2008 during centenary celebrations for the author.  

Funded by Graham’s legacy, the prize will award £3,000 for an outstanding work of historical fiction based in the South West of the UK. The work must be published (including self-published) in the last three years and have been distributed to the public either by sale or other transfer of ownership, rental, lease or lending, including electronic publication distributed through the internet.

Ian Wall, director of the Royal Cornwall Museum, said: “With so much interest in the new Poldark TV series, this seemed to be the ideal time to run the prize again. We look forward to receiving submissions.”

The deadline for submitting entries for the prize is 31st July. A shortlist will be announced on 30th November and the winner will be revealed on 1st February 2016.

Pan Macmillan is reissuing the first two Poldark books to tie in with the new television series, which stars Aidan Turner as the lead character, Ross Poldark.