The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 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. A subsidiary prize for the Best Book in Translation, worth £2,000, is shared between the author and translator(s).
The Pushkin Prize is generously supported by Douglas Smith (author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013) and Stephanie Ellis-Smith and the Polonsky Foundation and in 2019 we welcome the London Russian Book Club as an additional sponsor.
The previous winners are Douglas Smith for Former People: the Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy (Macmillan); Catherine Merridale for Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History (Allen Lane); Serhii Plokhii for The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (Oneworld); Dominic Lieven for Towards the Flame (Penguin); Rosalind Blakesley for The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881 (Yale University Press); and Alexis Peri for The War Within: Diaries From the Siege of Leningrad (Harvard University Press).
Submissions for the 2019 Pushkin House Book Prize are now open - the deadline is 31 December 2018.