Publishers Francis Lincoln, in association with the National Trust, have launched a new annual literary prize that will reward the best general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing.
The Thwaites Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing 2014 is open for narrative or illustrated non-fiction from writers across the world, but the focus must be on the British countryside. The prize of £5000 will be awarded to the work that best reflects author Alfred Wainwright’s core values of Great British writing and culture and celebrates the outdoors.
The judging panel will be chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds, current Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former Director-General of The National Trust, and will feature representatives from Countryfile Magazine, retail partner Stanfords, The Wainwright Society & the National Trust.
Andrew Dunn, Editorial Director, Frances Lincoln said: “Alfred Wainwright’s books have inspired generations of walkers and shown countless readers a new way to see the British landscape. The unique aesthetic of the books and Wainwright’s inimitable personality place these among our greatest books about the outdoors. Since Frances Lincoln took over the publishing for Wainwright in 2003 we have revised and updated the books, celebrating 50 years in print along the way: our future publishing strategy will ensure they are enjoyed for many years to come. We are proud to announce The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature & Travel Writing, recognising new books which will become classics of nature and travel writing in their turn.”
Sally Palmer, Editor, National Trust Magazine, commented: “The National Trust was founded almost 120 years ago in the belief that the experience of beauty is a fundamental human need to which everyone has a right. This partnership is an opportunity to celebrate the landscapes that make this nation so special, the experiences they make possible and the literature they have inspired, and we are delighted to be part of it.”
Submissions can be made at www.agile-ideas.com/wainwright. The closing date is 13 January 2014. The shortlist will be announced in April 2014 at The London Book Fair, and shortlisted titles will be included in a nationwide marketing campaign in bookshops and libraries. The winner will be announced in Central London on 8th May 2014. A prize of £5000 will be awarded to the winning piece of writing. Further details can be found at www.wainwrightprize.com.