Now in its 31st year, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is the world's longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize.

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing and was first awarded in 1989. This year, 2019, the prize for winning the award is £30,000.

When we start the process of reading for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, we sometimes only have five or six books entered. It is like the early stages of the racing season, when every horse just might be a Derby winner, according to its owner, trainer and jockey, but as each one appears on a racecourse it has to be judged against the other contenders and either eliminated from, or promoted up, the list of potential champions.

Then we have to worry about making sure every eligible book is entered. One would think that after more than quarter of a century as the richest sports book prize in the world, we’d be at the forefront of every publisher’s mind, with every author desperate to send their work to us. You’d be staggered how hard we have to work sometimes to have a specific book entered.

No matter which way it goes, our ultimate winner will always be an over-achieving, richly deserving sporting champion.

2019 prizes

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is the world's longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize. The winning author will receive £30,000 and a trophy.

Shortlisted authors received £3,000 cash and a leather-bound copy of their book.

2019 WHSBOTY calendar

  • 30 August: Deadline for entry 
  • 02 December: Award ceremony 

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