Kim Scott Walwyn Prize Winner’s Announcement Event

Thursday 5 May
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
Free for members and non-members

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize was founded in honour of Kim Scott Walwyn, a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press, who died in 2002 at the age of 45. Relaunched this year, the Prize has a new focus on emerging talent within the publishing industry, recognising both promise and achievement amongst women who have worked in the field for seven years or fewer. This year's winner will receive a cheque for £1000, sponsored by the Society of Young Publishers, as well as a one-day course of their choice courtesy of the Publishing Training Centre.

At this year's award ceremony, Helen Fraser will deliver a keynote speech on women and success. Having worked in publishing for almost four decades, most recently as Managing Director of Penguin UK, Helen Fraser is now Chief Executive of the Girls' Day School Trust. She received a CBE for services to publishing in the 2010 New Year Honours.

Shortlisted Candidates:

Lucy Cuthew
After studying at The University of Birmingham, Lucy Cuthew wrote her masters thesis in Children's Fantasy Fiction and then joined Meadowside Children's Books in 2006. As a Commissioning Editor, Lucy is responsible for managing a list of fiction and picture books from both new and established authors. She has also written and successfully published a number of picture books. Known for her dedication to her authors, her editorial integrity and her intellectual curiosity she has become established as a highly respected voice in children's publishing.

Jessica Leeke
Jessica Leeke studied at Durham University and after an internship in New York, joined Sheil Land Associates as an assistant to Vivien Green. In 2007 she left the agency to join Bloomsbury Publishing as Paperback Editor and then moved in May 2008 to Simon and Schuster as Pocket Editor and was promoted to Fiction Editor in June 2010. She is responsible for commissioning five new titles a year and is renowned as a ceaseless champion of new talent with an insatiable zest for the written word.

Sarah Norman
After graduating with a First from The University of Cambridge in 2005, Sarah Norman joined Atlantic Books as an Editorial Assistant. Moving swiftly through the stages of Assistant Editor and Editor, she was promoted to Senior Editor in 2010 and now works across three imprints, Atlantic Books, Corvus and Callisto. Sarah is now responsible for acquiring new titles and for taking complex non-fiction titles as well as critically-acclaimed fiction from delivery to publication each year. Across all aspects of her work she is known for her intellectual rigour, her professionalism and her ability to help her authors reach their greatest potential.


Kay Peddle
Born and raised in South Africa, Kay Peddle came to Britain in 2006 and studied for an MA in International Publishing at Oxford Brookes University.  She graduated with Distinction and started her publishing career as a Marketing Assistant at Random House. In 2008 she moved into editorial and as Assistant Editor at Vintage, conceived and produced the Bodley Head Brain Shots, which launched to great acclaim in 2009. The success of this industry-first series shows her ability to explore new formats and to respond to the fast-changing market with great agility and flair.


For more information about the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize please see their website, or register at our page.

Places for this event are limited, so please register quickly to ensure your place!