|Notes||The award ceremony was held on 28 November 1973.|
The shortlisted authors were:
J. G. Farrell with the winning novel 'The Siege of Krishnapur', published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson,
Beryl Bainbridge with 'The Dressmaker', published by Duckworth,
Elizabeth Mavor with 'The Green Equinox', published by Michael Joseph, and
Iris Murdoch with 'The Black Prince', published by Chatto & Windus,
The Judges were Karl Miller (Chair), Mary McCarthy, and Edna O'Brien.