Wellcome Prize Shortlist 2017 Announced

By March 14, 2017Literary Awards, News

The Wellcome Prize in Literature offers an annual award for excellent in science and health writing, pitting fiction against nonfiction. The 12 book longlist was announced in January and this year’s judges are author Simon Baron-Cohen, author Gemma Cairney, author, Val McDermid, author Tim Lewens and radio editor Di Speirs.

Now the list has been reduced to just six books who have made the shortlist. The Wellcome Prize Winner will be announced in late April and we’ll be back with news of that when it breaks. For today, here are the six books that made the Wellcome Prize shortlist.

J. K. Rowling and Stan Lee inducted into Sci-Fi and Fantasy Hall of Fame

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J. K. Rowling has been named as one of the writers to be inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame along with Marvel grandaddy Stan Lee.

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.

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Rape Charges Filed after Nobel Academy Scandal

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In a shock decision there was no Nobel Prizes this year after the Academy fought off a scandal centred round Jean-Claude Arnault. Arnault’s wife Katarina Frostenson is a well known poet and sits on the Academy. Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Academy led the protest but those who wanted to play down the scandal ousted her from her post.

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.
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BBC Young Writers’ Short Story Competition Winners Announced

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BBC Radio 2’s short story competition ‘500 Words’ has been running for 8 years now- this year headed by Radio 2 Breakfast host Chris Evans. The competition is for children aged between 5 and 13 years, and this year was supported by Oxford University Press to reach over 20,000 schools.

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.

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner is Announced.

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Following the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announcement on International Women’s Day 2018, and then the shortlist announced in April 2018, the judges have decided upon a winner.

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. 

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