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The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, now in its fifth 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 encouraged and actively sought. 

The 2017 Pushkin Prize is being generously supported for the second year running by Douglas Smith (author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013) and Stephanie Ellis-Smith and we are delighted to announce that this year's prize will also enjoy the support of the Polonsky Foundation.

Douglas Smith, author and winner of the inaugural Pushkin House Russian book prize award in 2013, said: “Stephanie and I are delighted to help support the prize. Intelligent, informed, and engaging writing on Russia that speaks to as wide an audience as possible is as important now as ever.”

Marc Polonsky, trustee of the Polonsky Foundation, said: “We are pleased to support Pushkin House in its good work of presenting Russian culture. The Pushkin House Prize has done much to further understanding of the Russian-speaking world and of the complex realities of Russia's past and present.”

Andrew Jack, head of the prize advisory committee, said: “We thank our sponsors for their support, and are delighted to have such an experienced and varied group of experts and authors as judges in such an important year for Russia. We look forward to some very strong submissions.”

Entry for the 2017 Prize is now closed. The shortlist will be revealed in the spring and the winner will be announced on 7 June, 2017 at an Award Ceremony & Dinner in the Great Chamber, the Charterhouse, London. Tickets for the dinner, which will be in the presence of the jury and the shortlisted authors, are available here

The judges for the 2017 Prize are Simon Franklin (Chair); Anne ApplebaumPetr AvenCharlotte Hobson; and Dominic Lieven (winner of 2016 Pushkin House Book Prize for 'Towards the Flame').


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
  • Andrew Jack (chair), trustee, Pushkin House, and journalist at the Financial Times
  • Bridget Kendall, Master, Peterhouse College, Cambridge University
  • Andrew Nurnberg, Managing Director, Andrew Nurnberg Associates literary agency
  • Marc Polonsky, trustee, The Polonsky Foundation
  • Douglas Smith, historian, translator, author and winner of the 2013 (inaugural) Pushkin House prize


Timetable for the 2017 Prize

November 2016: Prize opened for entries from publishers and 2017 judges announced

31 December 2016:  Prize closed for entries

15 March: 'Pushkin House Recommends' list published

25 April 2017: 2017 Shortlist announced

7 June 2017: Winner of Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2017 announced and presented at an award ceremony and dinner at The Charterhouse, London


If you have any questions about the Prize or eligibility, please email Rebecca Ostrovsky: rebecca.ostrovsky@pushkinhouse.org.uk


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