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 hall of fame for sci-fi and fantasy has been going since 1996 and Lee will be the first comic book writer to be included. Both he and Rowling have made a significant impact on the world of pop culture this past decade, with a stream of books and movies and an ever-expanding universe for both Marvel and the Potter fandom.
The scandal continued with many members resigning in protest, leaving the Academy in crisis due to its own rules. It looked as though the entire Nobel Prize Academy might have been disbanded forever but it was ultimately saved, although 2018 will be the first year in 69 years that the awards have not been given.
Tim Waterstone, founder of the eponymous book shop chain has been recognised with a knighthood for services to bookselling and charity. Author Kazuo Ishiguro has also received a knighthood for services to literature.
500 Words 2018 has set another record for entries: this year saw over 135,000 people enter with their stories. The stories were read by a team of 5000 volunteers- librarians and teachers from around the UK- before being pared down to the Top 50 by The Reading Agency. The panel of judges, Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, had the gruelling task then of selecting three winners from two age categories (5-9 years and 10-13 years).
The final was presented by BBC’s Chris Evans, and was an exciting and glamorous day of live music and story-telling. The six winners were announced on BBC Radio 2 by British and Irish funnymen, David Walliams and Dara O’Briain. There was also music from John Newman, Alexandra Burke and Bastille to round off the celebrations.
The 16 original books were read and discussed by the panel of judges- Sarah Sands, Katy Brand, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer, and Imogen Stubbs- and whittled down to a final fantastic 6. After much deliberation those 6 were discussed and debated until one winner was decided upon.
Congratulations to the winner- Kamila Shamsie with Home Fire.