Now in its 30th 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, 2018, the prize for winning the award was £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.

2018 prizes

The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is the world's longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize. As well as a £30,000 cheque, this year’s winning author received a free £2,000 William Hill bet, and a day at the races.

Shortlisted authors received £3,000 cash, a leather-bound copy of their book, and a free £1,000 bet.

Longlisted authors received a free £500 bet.

2018 WHSBOTY calendar

  • 24 August 2018: Deadline for entry
  • 27th November 2018: Award ceremony 

The 2018 entry form 

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