The Wainwright Prize opens submissions alongside announcement of parallel Global Conservation Prize
March 20, 2020
The two awards will run concurrently, with the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing recognising narrative driven titles with a subject that must be related to nature, the outdoors or travel writing (not guidebooks) covering Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a central theme.
The Wainwright Prize for writing on global conservation will recognise books that reflect efforts in or, studies relating to conservation or climate change as it impacts nature and the outdoors. They should be narrative driven and could be global in scope.
Both prizes are awarded in association with the National Trust. In 2020, the prize is no longer sponsored but, still supported by Quarto, who publish the famous Wainwright Guides under the Frances Lincoln imprint. The Wainwright Prize is now also supported by the patronage of an anonymous benefactor.
The submissions period has been extended slightly considering the difficult conditions we are all experiencing, but will close in four weeks time, on April 17th.
Alastair Giles, Director of the Prize commented: “Over the last seven years, The Wainwright Prize has grown commensurately with the phenomenal writing in the nature genre in this new golden period. As we change from a sponsored prize to one supported by an anonymous benefactor, we felt it sensible to review the criteria. The judges have often expressed that, whilst there have consistently been very high-quality shortlists, such a tight UK-centric prize negated the inclusion of some very important books surrounding conservation and climate change which, by definition are more global in scope. Consequently, we felt that the time was right to expand the prize to a second prize and shortlist to cover this field of writing”
Richard Green, Publisher, Frances Lincoln reflected: “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 60 years in print along the way. This fantastic prize does not only raise the profile of nature and conservation writing but also introduces a new generation of fans to the Wainwright brand.”
Jane King, Step-daughter of Alfred Wainwright said: “Extending the remit to a second prize specifically relating to climate change is something I personally feel very strongly about. It will enhance the prize profile and make it even more immediately relevant in today’s world. Nature and conservation were connected issues very close to Alfred’s heart”