Ruth Rendell Award

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About the Ruth Rendell Award

Ruth Rendell

The Ruth Rendell Award honours the author or writer who has had the most significant influence on literacy in the UK in the past year.

The award was launched in 2016 by the National Literacy Trust and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) in honour of the author Ruth Rendell, who tirelessly championed literacy throughout her lifetime and supported the National Literacy Trust since its foundation in 1993.


Nominations for 2020 are now open!

We are calling on schools, charities, libraries, booksellers, publishers and individuals to nominate an author or writer who they believe has had a significant influence on literacy in the UK in the past year.

In response to recent school and library closures, countless authors and writers have continued and increased their support for children, families, schools and charities during this unprecedented time. Many have been incredibly creative in the ways they engage children with reading and writing, where face-to-face visits and events are no longer able to take place.

What’s more, our latest research shows that lockdown has inspired a resurgence in children and young people’s creative writing and many of these young people will have been inspired by authors who have been working hard to keep encouraging children to read and write.

The closing date for entries is 30 September 2020

The winner will be announced in December 2020

To nominate an author for this award, please complete the following form: