Submissions for the 2022 Wainwright Prize are now CLOSED.
Closing date: 19th April.
Only books first published in the UK between 1st June 2021 – 31st May 2022 are eligible.
If the book is not currently published, but is due to be published before 31st May 2022, we accept manuscripts and proofs.
Authors can be from any country as long as the title is published or readily available to all bookshop outlets in the UK (written in or translated into English).
Award categories & Criteria:
The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing – recognises narrative driven titles that reveal and celebrate some aspect of nature and the outdoors. Also recognises UK-based travel writing (not guidebooks) covering Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Recent winners include; Pastoral by James Rebanks (Penguin) & Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty (Little Toller Press).
The Wainwright Prize for Writing on Conservation – recognises narrative driven titles that make the case for nature conservation or tackling climate change.
Recent winners include; Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake (Vintage) & Rebirding by Benedict Macdonald (Pelagic).
Also, new this year:
The Wainwright Prize for Children – recognises titles in children’s publishing that emphasize the importance of inspiring young people to engage with nature and the outdoors or understanding the need for conservation or tackling climate change.
The book could be illustrated, fiction or non-fiction and for children of any age.
The prizes will be awarded to the work which best reflects Wainwright’s core values and include a celebration of nature and our natural environment or a warning of the dangers to it across the globe.
A £7,500 prize fund will be shared and presented to the authors of the winning books.
Submissions open – 21st March
Submissions close – 19th April
Longlist Announcement – 25th June TBC
Shortlist Announcement – 28th July TBC
Ceremony – 8th September TBC
The longlists in both categories will be defined from the nominations using a combination of the views of; Independent Booksellers throughout the UK, specialist nature reviewers and authors.
There will be three separate and independent judging panels for the categories within the prize to select the shortlists and winners. Chairs and panel members to be revealed during May 2022.
Submissions are accepted from all publishers, small, independent or large and must be accompanied by a copy sent by post to:
Glove Factory Studios,
Each title successfully shortlisted attracts a levy to cover the promotional costs associated with the prize including; the project management, design, publicity, production and print of all the official POS material to all retailers, including; our partners; The National Trust. The exact amount of the shortlist levy is still to be confirmed. Based on the increased share of exposure, there will also be a small winners levy in 2022.