The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, now in its fourth year, rewards the very best non-fiction writing on Russia.  Worth £5,000 to the winner, the Prize was created to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world.  The prize is for a book published in English, but translations from other languages, including of course Russian, are eligible and actively sought. 

The Pushkin Prize has been funded since its creation with support from Waterstones, and this year received an additional generous donation from Douglas Smith and Stephanie Ellis-Smith to help increase its impact and encourage translation between Russian and English. 

Douglas Smith, author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013, said: “I am delighted to support the Pushkin House prize, to help promote public debate and to encourage strengthened exchange of ideas between the Russian and the English speaking worlds.”

James Daunt, Waterstones’ Managing Director, said: “We are very happy to continue our support for the Pushkin House Prize, which continues to grow in strength as a showcase for high quality books on Russia assessed by the best possible judges.”

The advisory board for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize is made up of:

  • Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former British ambassador to Moscow and author of Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89
  • James Daunt, managing director, Waterstones
  • Andrew Jack (chair), co-chairman, Pushkin House, and journalist at the Financial Times
  • Bridget Kendall, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC
  • Andrew Nurnberg, managing director, Andrew Nurnberg Associates literary agency

If you have any questions about the Prize or eligibility, please email Clem Cecil, Executive Director of Pushkin House: