The Warwick Prize for Writing
is an international
cross-disciplinary prize, worth £50,000, that will be given
biennially for an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the
English language, in any genre or form, on a theme that will change
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
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 theme for the 2011 award will be "colour".
The theme for the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing was
. 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,
's The Shock Doctrine
, was announced on
24 February 2009.
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
literary blogger Stephen
completed the Judging Panel.
Winner is bold
|Michael Blastland & Andrew Dilnot
||The Tiger That Isn't
|Rachel Blau Duplessis
||Torques: Drafts 58-76
||Planet of Slums
||Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion and the Politics of Human
||The Wild Places
||The Meaning of the 21st Century
|Juan Gabriel Vasquez (trans. Anne McLean)
||Portrait with Keys
||The Trader The Owner The Slave
- NewScientist, 21 March 2009, page 45.
Article title: "Comparing apples and pears, a new writing prize is
the first to accept entries across all genres, from novels to
scientific research." Article quote: "Complexity was the theme of
the first Warwick prize for writing, the only cross-disciplinary
writing competition in any format."
- About the prize, official website.
Warwick Prize for Writing website