2015 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize opens for nominations

This year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, celebrating the achievements of women in UK publishing, is now open for nominations and entries. Those looking to nominate a co-worker or other acquaintance should complete a nomination form online by 5pm on Friday 30 January, to allow said nominee time herself to complete an entry form by 5pm on Friday 20 February, alongside anyone immodest enough to skip the nomination stage and go straight to the entry form. The shortlist for this year’s prize will then be revealed in April, before the winner is announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 20 May.

The prize – named for late Oxford University Press publishing director Kim Scott Walwyn – is now in its tenth year. It is open to all women who have worked in UK publishing for a maximum of seven years (like our own Laura Summers, who was nominated last year back when she was still Laura Austin). The winner takes home £1,000 (through the sponsorship of the Society of Young Publishers), and a place on the training course of their choice at the Publishing Training Centre. Recent winners include Anne Perry (Hodder & Stoughton), Miriam Robinson (then Foyles), Rukhsana Yasmin (then Saqi) and Kay Peddle (then The Bodley Head).

The judging panel this year is made up of: Denise Johnstone-Burt (publisher, Walker Books); Catherine Clarke (literary agent and managing director, Felicity Bryan Associates); Nicki Crossley (commissioning editor for Coronet); Professor Dame Hermione Lee CBE (president of Wolfson College, Oxford); Helen Youngs (publishing recruitment consultant [trade], Inspired Selection); and last year’s aforementioned winner, Anne Perry.

Johnstone-Burt – co-chairing this year’s panel with Clarke – says of the prize:

This year marks the tenth of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. Over the last decade, the winners of this prestigious prize have ?highlighted the quality and ability of women working in the publishing industry. To continue this important recognition and celebration of the achievement and potential of women in publishing the judges of this year’s Prize want to urge as many women as possible to fill in an application and put themselves forward.

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