24th January, 2019

Wingate Literary Prize 2019


The 2019 JQ Literary Wingate Prize has generated a short-list of six books, dominated by fiction and female authors.

This year's short-listed books, which include five novels and one memoir, are:

Now in its 42nd year, the JQ Wingate Prize, worth £4,000 and run annually 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 winner of the 2019 prize will be announced during an event with the judges at JW3 on Monday February 25. The evening will be chaired by the BBC's Emily Kasriel. JW3 Prize Event


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:

Commenting on the long list, chair of judges Shoshana Boyd Gelfand said: “Part of the joy - and the challenge - of judging the JQ Wingate Prize is the diversity of the books that meet the criteria. This year’s entries certainly didn’t disappoint on that front and narrowing the field down to just 13 books was a difficult task.

“In the end, we chose seven novels which are vastly different in terms of themes, settings, and style. What they have in common is their literary merit and a profound message. As for the six non-fiction books that made the long list, they are even more diverse although two are diaries from the Second World War that have just been translated into English. The panel felt that both these lost voices from the past deserved to be recognised and heard again. The other non-fiction books similarly brought a unique and fresh approach to their subject matter, whether that was contemporary Israel or Jewish family life.

“Israel, history, faith and family are recurring leitmotifs throughout the list – but if there is one overriding theme it is the breadth and diversity of Jewish identity which is looked at through various lenses by our long list authors. We hope this list will encourage readers to connect and explore their own questions around the richness and diversity of Jewish identity. And of course, we hope they will enjoy these books as much as we have.”

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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