Warwick Prize for Writing
The Warwick Prize for Writing is an international cross-disciplinary prize, worth £50,000, that is given biennially for an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language, in any genre or form, on a theme that changes with every award. It was launched and sponsored by the University of Warwick in July 2008. It is the only cross-disciplinary writing competition in existence, including things such as: scientific research, novels, poems, websites, movies and plays. Works are open to be nominated by everyone at Warwick University, including professors, students, alumni and staff.
The Prize Management Group
The Prize Management Group of the Warwick Prize for Writing is made up of senior professors and administrative staff drawn from across the faculties and includes the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick. The Prize Management Group is responsible for the administration of the prize, including agreeing the rules, the guidelines for the judges and the arrangements for the award of the prize. The Prize Management Group is also responsible for choosing the judging panel.
The judges for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2013 were Ian Sansom of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick (Chair), Marina Warner CBE and Ed Byrne, Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
2013 is the first time the prize has been won by a poet.
Winner is in bold.
|Jim Al-Khalili||Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science|
|Amy Espeseth||Sufficient Grace|
|Cordelia Fine||Delusions of Gender|
|Etgar Keret||Suddenly, a Knock on the Door|
|Robert Macfarlane||The Old Ways|
|Author||Additional longlist titles|
|Julian Barnes||The Sense of an Ending|
|Amitav Ghosh||River of Smoke|
|Thomas Keneally||The Daughters of Mars|
|Nidaa Khoury||Book of Sins|
The theme for the 2011 award was "colour".
Michael Rosen chaired the panel of five judges for the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing, and was joined by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, Professor Nigel Thrift, award-winning author Jenny Uglow, Times Literary Editor Erica Wagner and writer, cultural critic, public speaker and broadcaster Baroness Lola Young.
Winner is in bold.
The theme for the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing was complexity. A longlist of 20 candidate titles was announced in November 2008, followed by the shortlist of six titles announced on 22 January 2009. The winner, Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, was announced on 24 February 2009.
China Miéville, award-winning writer of weird fiction, chaired the panel of five judges. Professor Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, provided a vital link between the Prize Management Group and the Judging Panel. The journalist Maya Jaggi, the author and translator Maureen Freely and the literary blogger Stephen Mitchelmore completed the Judging Panel.
Winner is in bold.
|Michael Blastland & Andrew Dilnot||The Tiger That Isn't|
|Rachel Blau DuPlessis||Torques: Drafts 58-76|
|Mike Davies||Planet of Slums|
|John Hughes||Someone Else|
|Thomas Legendre||The Burning|
|David Livingstone||Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins|
|Robert Macfarlane||The Wild Places|
|James Martin||The Meaning of the 21st Century|
|Juan Gabriel Vasquez (trans. Anne McLean)||The Informers|
|Ivan Vladislavic||Portrait with Keys|
|James Walvin||The Trader The Owner The Slave|
- About the prize, official website.
- "Comparing apples and pears, a new writing prize is the first to accept entries across all genres, from novels to scientific research", New Scientist, 21 March 2009, p. 45. Article quote: "Complexity was the theme of the first Warwick prize for writing, the only cross-disciplinary writing competition in any format."
- Liz Bury (25 September 2013). "Alice Oswald wins Warwick prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- Benedicte Page (24 March 2011). "Cultural history of camouflage wins Warwick Prize for Writing". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- Alison Flood (24 February 2009). "Outstanding 'complexity' wins Naomi Klein £50,000 inaugural Warwick prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2013.