23rd February, 2020

SHORT LIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 WINGATE PRIZE

The 2020 Wingate Literary Prize has generated a short list of seven books, which between them explore the modern Jewish world as well as events of the past which impact the present.

Among the four works of fiction and three non-fiction books, identity is a common theme, whether that is through the rediscovery of history and the resulting ramifications in the present; a closer inspection of self or an insight into the behaviours within the society which surrounds us.

Now in its 43rd 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 2020 short-listed books are:


This year’s judging panel comprises critically acclaimed novelist and lecturer Dr Roopa Farooki; educator, writer and broadcaster Clive Lawton OBE; past Wingate Prize winner Philippe Sands QC and award-winning novelist Kim Sherwood.

Clive Lawton, chair of the judging panel says: “With an already very strong long list, cutting it down to the usual six for the short list was always going to be difficult … so difficult in fact, that we came up with a short list of seven.

“Our primary criterion was excellent writing, but we also needed to feel that there was a rich story to tell and, of course, one which threw light on the realities of Jewish life.

“Though we did not make our selection with any other criteria in mind, fortuitously and gratifyingly, we have a wonderfully balanced short list of male and female authors, fiction and non-fiction, as well as books that explore the contemporary Jewish world and important aspects of the past. Reading these books has been an immense pleasure for all of the panel, but now comes the utterly challenging work of trying to decide which one wins.”

The Wingate Prize winner will be announced at an event at JW3 on March 16, 2020.

For press information contact Emma Shrimsley emma@shrimsley.com or for information about the prize contact Prize Director Juliet Simmons juliet@pieceofcake.tv


28th November 2019

LONG LIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 WINGATE PRIZE

Themes of identity, loss, love and last chances run through the 2020 Wingate Literary Prize long list.

Now in its 43rd 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.

This year’s 12-strong list includes seven works of fiction and five non-fiction books.

The 2020 long-listed books are:


This year’s judging panel comprises critically acclaimed novelist and lecturer Dr Roopa Farooki, educator, writer and broadcaster Clive Lawton OBE, past Wingate Prize winner Philippe Sands QC and award-winning novelist Kim Sherwood.

For press information contact Emma Shrimsley emma@shrimsley.com or for more information on the prize contact Prize Director Juliet Simmons juliet@pieceofcake.tv


24th June 2019

WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE 2020 JUDGES ANNOUNCED

Past Wingate Prize winner Philippe Sands QC joins critically acclaimed novelist and lecturer Dr Roopa Farooki; educator, writer and broadcaster Clive Lawton OBE and award-winning novelist Kim Sherwood as judges of the 2020 Wingate Literary Prize.

Now in its 43rd year, 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.

As British Jewry’s most prestigious book award it attracts nominations from all over the globe.

Previous winners also include Amos Oz, Zadie Smith, Oliver Sacks, Otto Dov Kulka and David Grossman.

Prize chair Clive Lawton, who previously judged the award in 2013, comments: “The Wingate Prize has a long and prestigious history and I am delighted once again to be part of its judging panel.

“For more than four decades, this prize has celebrated the broad spectrum of outstanding writers who have elevated Jewish themes, making them accessible and captivating for the general reader. As a judging panel we bring diverse perspectives to the table; I am greatly looking forward to what I imagine will be very engaging - even challenging - conversations and debate as we work towards finding the next prize winner.”

The long list will be announced at the end of this year with the short list at the beginning of 2020 and the winner in the Spring.

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


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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