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Society of Authors' Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize

In memory of Malcolm Lowry and endowed by Gordon Bowker, his biographer, and Ramdei Bowker.

A prize awarded to a UK or Irish writer, or a writer currently resident in those countries, for a novel focusing on the experience of travel away from home.

Inspired by Malcolm Lowry’s novel, Under the Volcano and in celebration of its author, the prize aims to inspire literary excellence and encourage writers to travel and to write from the resulting experience.

The winner will receive £2,000 and the runner-up £750.


Winter in Tabriz

Llewellyn, Sheila ISBN: 9781473663169

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During the chaotic months leading up to the Iranian Revolution, four young people navigate the increasingly dangerous situation they find themselves in. Damian and Anna are both research students whose lives become enmeshed with Arash, a poet, and his older brother Reza, a lecturer and amateur photographer. Amid riots and mounting arrests, in a state where homosexuality is illegal and dissident voices savagely repressed, each one has to make ever more urgent - and irrevocable - choices.

- Browns Books Synopsis

We also administer two awards that celebrate the best in non-fiction writing from young authors. Our poetry awards are amongst the most prestigious in the UK. They celebrate excellence in poetry from those just starting out as well those established in their careers.