This Looks Promising

University launches £50,000 writing prize, with sci-fi author named as chief judge:

How does writing evolve? Where is its moving edge? Is all writing – at its very best – a type of creative writing? To explore these questions, and to identify excellence and innovation in new writing, the UK’s University of Warwick has just launched the £50,000 Warwick Prize for Writing.

Sci-fi author China Miéville (pictured), award-winning writer of what he calls ‘weird fiction’, is to head the panel of five judges. Other judges include mathematician Professor Ian Stewart and literary blogger Stephen Mitchelmore.

A list of 15 to 20 titles will be announced in October followed by a short-list of six titles in January 2009. The winner will be announced in February 2009 in Warwick.

This substantial prize stands out as an international and cross-disciplinary award. It will be given biennially for an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language, in any genre or form. The theme will change with every prize: the 2009 theme is Complexity.


3 thoughts on “This Looks Promising

  1. Of course, Ian Stewart has also been known to write SF on occasion – even if not remotely up to the standard of either Mieville’s fiction or Stewart’s non-fiction.

  2. “Is all writing – at its very best – a type of creative writing?”

    “The winning submission will represent an intellectual, scientific and/or imaginative advance and be written with an energy and clarity…”

    Given that the article fails to specify that the writing be fictional, I’d say go for it Duncan!

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