The Biographers’ Club awards three annual prizes: the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize; the Tony Lothian Prize; and the Exceptional Contribution to Biography Prize (formerly the Lifetime Services to Biography Prize).

The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize awards £2,500 to the judges’ choice for the best first biography published each year. 2018 is the fifth year of sponsorship of the Prize by literary quarterly Slightly Foxed. For further information, go to

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).

The Exceptional Contribution to Biography Award, inaugurated in 1999 and awarded yearly since then, awards those who have excelled in the sphere of biography over a lifetime of writing and research, and who have brought new life, breadth and focus to the genre. There is no application procedure.