19th July, 2018

Wingate Literary Prize 2019

Submissions for the 2019 Wingate Literary Prize are now open

The annual 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 42nd year, the £4,000 prize is run in association with JW3.

Books to be entered for the prize should be submitted by the end of June 2018 and should be published between the beginning of September 2017 to the end of August 2018.

Please see the forms to be completed for more details.

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Poetry and children's literature are not eligible for submission. Books must be published in the UK.

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

2018 Prize Winner

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:

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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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