9th December, 2018

Wingate Literary Prize 2019


The judges and trustees of the JQ Wingate Literary Prize are delighted to announce the 2019 long list.

Now in its 42st year, the annual prize, worth £4,000 and run in association with JW3, is awarded to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.

The 13-strong list includes 7 works of fiction and 6 non-fiction:

The short list will be announced mid-January and the winner will be announced at an evening event at JW3 on Monday February 25. More details here.

For press information contact Emma Shrimsley by emailing emma@shrimsley.com and for prize information contact Juliet Simmons by emailing juliet@pieceofcake.tv.

September 13, 2018


Former JQ Wingate Literary Prize winner Thomas Harding joins the panel of judges for the 2019 prize together with best-selling children’s author Francesca Simon; JHub Director and JDOV founder Shoshana Boyd Gelfand and critic and literary editor Arifa Akbar.

The annual £4,000 prize, run in association with JW3, is awarded to the best book – fiction or non-fiction - to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.

Chair of Judges Shoshana Boyd Gelfand said: ‘For over four decades the JQ Wingate prize has celebrated the diversity of literature which encompasses Jewish themes, as well as the talent of the remarkable writers who make these themes so accessible. I know I speak for all of us on the panel when I say that we are all thrilled to be judging this prestigious prize. We are looking forward to some intensive reading and interesting discussions in the months to come.’

The long list for the prize will be announced at the end of this year with the short list at the beginning of 2019 and the winner in the Spring 2019.

Press information: Emma Shrimsley 07961 368481 emma@shrimsley.com

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The Wingate Prize was established in 1977 by the late Harold Hyam Wingate. It is now known as the JQ-Wingate Prize and is being run in association with JW3, the Jewish Community Centre. The winner receives £4,000.

The Harold Hyam Wingate Charitable Foundation is a private grant-giving institution, established over forty years ago.

JW3 is the first Jewish Community Centre and arts venue of its kind to exist in London. The brainchild of Dame Vivien Duffield and created by a core capital grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation, the centre opened on the Finchley Road, NW3 in October 2013.

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