23rd May, 2018

JQ-Wingate Literary Prize 2018

Submissions for the 2018 prize are now closed

The annual JQ Wingate Literary prize is awarded to the best book - fiction or non-fiction - to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.

It is the only UK literary prize of its kind and, as such, attracts nominations from all over the globe. Previous winners include Amos Oz, Zadie Smith, Oliver Sacks, Otto Dov Kulka and David Grossman.

Now in its 41st year, the £4,000 prize is run in association with JW3.

For more information on the prize contact Juliet Simmons by emailing juliet@pieceofcake.tv and see below for latest news.

Latest News

Date: February, 2018


The JQ Wingate literary prize for 2018 was awarded to Michael Frank, for his “dazzlingly vivid portrait” of his childhood in Los Angeles The Mighty Franks. The Winner was announced at an event at JW3 on February 15.

Toby Lichtig, chair of the panel, described Mr Frank’s work as “a dazzlingly vivid portrait of an eccentric Los Angeles family. The book is beautifully written, perfectly paced, uncomfortable, tender and surprising. Although it wears its Jewishness lightly, the background culture pulses unmistakably throughout: in the pull of the old world of mitteleuropa, in the growing pains of American assimilation, in the vexed and complex domestic dynamics at its heart.”

The 2018 short-listed books were:

Judges’ Biographies:

This year’s judging panel comprises TLS fiction and politics editor Toby Lichtig; journalist, broadcaster and Booker Prize Foundation trustee Bidisha; author and critic Amanda Craig and London School of Jewish Studies Teaching Fellow Maureen Kendler.

Bidisha is a Times Literary Supplement critic, a Guardian columnist and a BBC and SKY broadcaster covering the arts and current affairs. She is also a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation, looking after the UK's two most prestigious prizes for literature in English and in translation. Her most recent book is Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices, based on her outreach work with asylum seekers and refugees.

Amanda Craig is the author of seven novels, the most recent being The Lie of the Land (2017). She is also a journalist and literary critic for The Observer, the New Statesman, Prospect and The Jewish Chronicle among others.

Maureen Kendler is a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies. She broadcasts regularly for Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and writes for the Jewish press. She teaches Modern Jewish Literature at JW3, has been involved with Limmud since its inception and lectures at Limmud events around the world.

Toby Lichtig is the Fiction and Politics Editor of the TLS. He writes for a range of publications, including the TLS, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph, FT, Jewish Chronicle and New Humanist, and has appeared as a guest critic on various television and radio programmes. He also freelances as a documentary producer.

For further information on the judging line up please go to JQ Wingate Book Prize Judges.

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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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