The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2013

Posted on January 11, 2013 in London, News & Reviews, North, Oxford, Scotland

Recognising women’s creativity, professionalism and ambition in publishing

Now accepting submissions

Booktrust is delighted to call for submissions for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2013, the national award recognising women’s outstanding potential and previous achievements in their publishing careers.

‘A prize that marks out women of potential is of vital importance in enabling young women’s careers’
– Clare Alexander
Former winner, and partner at Aitken Alexander Associates

‘As well as giving me a huge boost in confidence, being shortlisted for the award helped me to gain recognition with colleagues and others in the industry’
– Lucy Cuthew
Former shortlisted candidate and freelance children’s editor

The Prize is named in honour of Kim Scott Walwyn, a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press who died in 2002. She was widely regarded as a dynamic and exceptional publisher within her lifetime and served as a mentor to several people entering the industry. In keeping with her commitment to young publishers, the Prize Committee partnered with the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) in 2011 to strengthen the Prize’s dedication to recognising promise among women in the industry. Booktrust has managed the Prize since its inception in 2003.

The Prize is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.  Applicants must nominate themselves and supply two referees. Submissions are now open, with the deadline for all entries of Monday 18 February 2013.

Past winners and shortlisted candidates include women from publicity to rights, from editors to literary agents. Lynette Owen (OBE), Copyright Director of Pearson Education was the inaugural winner and Kathy Rooney, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Publishing, Annette Thomas, CEO of Macmillan, Penelope Hoare, Deputy Managing Director at Chatto & Windus, (although now semi-retired), Kay Peddle, Editor, The Bodley Head and Rukhsana Yasmin, Commissioning Editor, Westbourne Press have followed.  Shortlisted applicants are of the highest calibre and have included Eleanor Crawforth Editor/Sales and Marketing Manager, Carcanet Press, Bethan Jones Publicity Director Harvill Secker / Yellow Jersey Press and Donna Condon, who has recently been announced as the new Editorial Director of Harlequin.

The winner will be announced at ceremony at the Free Word Centre in Central London on Wednesday 15 May 2013 and will receive £1000, sponsored by the SYP, and a two-day training course of their choice at the PTC.  Shortlisted candidates will also receive a one-day training course courtesy of the PTC.

Please note that shortlisted candidates and the winner must be available for any media opportunities from April to June 2013.

Entry forms, Terms & Conditions and Entry Guidelines are available from the Booktrust website.

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