Somerset Maugham Award
- Created and endowed in 1947 by Somerset Maugham to enable British authors under the age of 35 to enrich their writing by spending time abroad
- the Somerset Maugham Award may be best known for its being given to Kingsley Amis--who famously disliked foreign travel and used the money to write a book called I Like It Here--in 1955, for Lucky Jim, which Maugham had reviewed, pronouncing its author "scum."
- It is administered by the Society of Authors
- recently there have been several winners each year, each of whom receives £3500.
- The awards are not limited to fiction, though dramatic works are excluded from consideration.
Winners £5000 each
- Horatio Clare, Running to the Hills (2006) John Murray
- James Scudamore, The Amnesia Clinic (2006) Harvill Secker
- Judges: Louise Doughty, Susan Elderkin and Matt Thorne
- Chris Cleave, Incendiary, published by Chatto & Windus
- Owen Sheers, Skirrid Hill, published by Seren
- Zadie Smith, On Beauty (2005) published by Hamish Hamilton