The Tony Lothian Prize awards £2,000 to the best proposal for an uncommissioned first biography.

The Prize, run by the Biographers’ Club, is sponsored by the Duchess of Buccleuch in memory of her mother, Antonella, Marchioness of Lothian, OBE (1922-2007).

Proposals of no more than 20 pages (unbound), including synopsis, 10-page sample chapter (double-spaced, numbered pages), CV and note on the market for the book and competing literature, to: Ariane Bankes, email or by post to: E6 Albany, Piccadilly, London W1J 0AR. Enquiries: 07985 920341.

Deadline: Thursday 27 July 2017.

Entry fee: £15 (cheques payable to the Biographers’ Club). For mandatory entry form click here.

This year’s judges: Alex Clark is a journalist and broadcaster who writes for the Guardian and the Observer, and is the Artistic Director for Words and Literature at the Bath Festival; Lindsay Duguid is a former editor at the TLS and a judge of the Duff Cooper Prize; Edmund Gordon is author of The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography and teaches at Kings College London.

The 2016 prize was won by Sarah Watling for her proposal ‘Noble Savages’. She has since secured a publishing deal with Jonathan Cape. To view her proposal and the 2016 shortlist, please click here.