The Somerset Maugham Award
is a British literary prize
given each year by the Society of Authors
. Set up by William Somerset Maugham
in 1947 the awards enable young writers to enrich their work by gaining experience in foreign countries. The awards go to writers under the age of 30 with works published in the year before the award; the work can be either non-fiction, fiction or poetry.
Since 1964 multiple winners have usually been chosen in the same year. In 1975 and in 2012 the award was not given.