About the awards

The Wainwright Prize was named after Alfred Wainwright, the author of the famous fell walking series, the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Created to celebrate nature-writing and encourage exploration of the Outdoors, it was initially conceived in 2014 by Frances Lincoln, publishers of the Guides. It has been administered ever since by the independent Literary Marketing Agency; AGILE.

The prize is co-owned by AGILE, The Wainwright Estate and the Quarto Group, who own imprint; Frances Lincoln

Over previous years it has been largely funded by sponsors: Marston Brewery, who produce the ‘Wainwright Golden Beer’ brand. In 2020, it is underwritten from a combination of; an anonymous benefactor and also, as in previous years; the Alfred Wainwright Estate and the Quarto Group. The publicity and promotional campaign for the prize is self-financed by promotional levies from publishers with shortlisted titles.

The prize is project managed by AGILE in association with The
National Trust and with promotional support from; BBC Countryfile Live, The Outdoor Guide, The Wainwright Society and many others.

In 2019, The Wainwright Prize was won by Underland by Robert Macfarlane.

From 2021, the prize will be available for headline sponsorship again. Enquiries to; Luke@agile-ideas.com

We are also looking to create a patronage system for all interested in the genre. This may include invitations to all events and sets of shortlisted books. Details will be revealed shortly.