July 8, 2021


Senior Rabbi of the S&P UK Sephardi Community, Rabbi Joseph Dweck, is to chair the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize judging panel, joined by New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush; award-winning novelist and short story writer M.J. Hyland and Women’s Prize long-listed author and journalist Jemma Wayne.

Now in its 45th 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.

Chair of judges Rabbi Dweck said: “It is my honour and pleasure to participate in the judging panel for this year’s Wingate Prize.

“The prize has showcased and recognised the rich and robust culture of Jewish thought, creativity and wisdom. It is a unique and beautiful way to recognise excellence and embrace Jewish diversity and its contribution to the literary world and is especially needed at this time.

“I know that the discussions between the panel of judges will be filled with stimulating ideas and perspectives, and we are all excited and eager to take part.”

The prize long-list will be announced late 2021.


Israeli writer Yaniv Iczkovits’ sweeping historical novel - The Slaughterman’s Daughter - has won the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize.

Described by critics as ‘highly relevant and resonant today’ despite its 19th Century setting, Iczkovits’ third novel, translated by Orr Scharf, was chosen from a short list which also includes: House of Glass by Hadley Freeman; On Division by Goldie Goldbloom; Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb; Apeirogon by Colum McCann; When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann, and We are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Now in its 44th year, the Wingate Literary 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 judging panel was comprised of former Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner; broadcaster, writer and film-maker Bidisha; Booker-shortlisted author and Economist magazine culture editor A.D. Miller; and award-winning biographer and historian Anne Sebba.

The 2021 winner was announced during an online event with JW3, featuring the BBC’s Emily Kasriel in conversation with the judges and the short-listed authors.

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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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