The Betty Trask Prize was established in 1984 as the result of a bequest from the writer Betty Trask, the author of over thirty romantic novels. Under the terms of the bequest the award is made in respect of first novel written by a Commonwealth citizen under the age of thirty-five for "a romantic novel or other novel of a traditional rather than experimental nature". Although to date the judging panels seem to have often ignored these instructions.

Administered by the Society of Authors, there is an annual prize fund, currently of £20,000, which is shared out amongst deserving authors. Varying amounts are awarded each year to anywhere between three and seven authors; the recipient of the largest award is usually seen as being the winner of the 'Betty Trask Prize', with those awarded the lesser amounts being seen as the recipients of a 'Betty Trask Award'.

The Winners of the Betty Trask Prize

1984

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References

http://facstaff.unca.edu/moseley/trask.html
http://www.societyofauthors.net/soa/page_id_sub.php4?pid=52&par_nm=Prizes%2C+grants+and+awards&parentid=7

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