Kay Peddle Donates Prize Money to Help Fund Initiative
Kay Peddle, the winner of the 2011 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, is to donate her prize money towards funding a paid internship in publishing.
Kay, editor at The Bodley Head, which is part of The Random House Group's Vintage Publishing company, received the £1,000 prize for her work on the Brain Shots series of ebooks earlier this year. The Prize recognises the professional achievements of women in publishing and the judges singled her out for her ability to explore new formats and to respond to the fast-changing market with great agility and flair.
The Random House Group has topped up the prize money to fund a one-off internship which will be aimed at an individual who might not normally be able to undertake publishing work experience. The 4-week internship will work with the editorial, marketing and publicity teams of The Bodley Head and Vintage as well as a one-day training course at the Publishing Training Centre.
Kay said: "Publishing is a fantastic industry but it's notoriously difficult to get a foot in the door so I hope this internship really encourages people who would otherwise not be able to undertake unpaid work experience in publishing to come forward and apply. It will be a great introduction to the entire publishing process and will hopefully be a richly rewarding experience."
The internship is in keeping with the spirit of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, which was founded in honour of Kim Scott Walwyn, a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press, who died in 2002 at the age of 45. She was an outstanding editor and a generous and inspirational manager whose career was widely recognised and celebrated during her life.
The Prize is managed by Booktrust, the independent national charity which encourages people of all ages and cultures to discover and enjoy reading. The Society of Young Publishers, who help people to break into the industry or progress within it, fund the £1000 prize money and the Publishing Training Centre, who provide training for publishers, sponsor a one-day training course.
For more information on the Prize, please visit http://www.booktrust.org.uk/show/feature/search/Kim-Scott-Walwyn-Prize.
More information on the internship and how to appy can also be found on the SYP job listing.