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Virago and New Statesman launch a women’s prize for economic and politics writing

29th Oct 2015

Virago and New Statesman launch a women's prize for economic and politics writing
In a bid to address the inveterate bias towards men non-fiction writers in print and the media, women's publisher Virago has teamed up with the New Statesman to launch a new annual prize for an essay written in the field of economics or politics...

Publisher at Virago and member of the judging panel, Lennie Goodings said that the prize has been created as a response to the fact that ‘non-fiction literary pages and prizes are still male-dominated and most particularly in the fields of politics and economics.’

The award calls for women writers to submit a 1000-word proposal for their essay, along with a 2000-word sample. The winning entry will be offered a contract to write a full 20,000-word essay, to be published as a Virago ebook, with a further opportunity to write a book with the publisher.

The prize is open to debut authors, and is intended to encourage women to use this platform to demonstrate their expertise and worth in traditionally men-centric fields.

active steps need to be taken to provide women with an avenue into certain areas of the publishing industryTom Gatti, fellow panelitst and Culture Editor of the New Statesman, cited this year’s Samuel Johnson Prize longlist, which nominated one women author to eleven men, as a perfect example as to why active steps need to be taken to provide women with an avenue into certain areas of the publishing industry:

‘a wider cultural change is needed. We need to identify, encourage and promote talented female writers…’

The deadline for entries is January 31st 2016 and the winner will be announced in April 2016.

For Books’ Sake urge women writers, economists and politists to come forward and prove just how ignorant the press and prize panels are being in failing to acknowledge your worth next to your male counterparts. Enter here and good luck.