It’s just a few weeks since Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal was announced as the 2017 Wellcome Prize winner from a strong shortlist and now the prize organisers have announced that submissions are open for next year’s prize!
The Wellcome Prize celebrates books, both fiction and nonfiction on the topics of health and medicine in literature. Every year it awards the £30,000 prize to a winning author who stimulates interest and debate about medical science through literature.
Submissions for the 2018 Wellcome Prize open today and publishers have until 8th September to enter up to three books. These books must have been published between 1st January and 31st December 2017 to be eligible.
Books can be from a variety of genres, and can be fiction or nonfiction. There’s no onus on the books to be strictly medical and authors from all genres are expected to enter. Those wishing to download the submissions pack can do so from the Wellcome Prize website here.
The winner will be in good company, the last three winners of the Wellcome Prize are listed below:
The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More
Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:
“As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”
The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.