Warwick uni launches writing prize

<p>The University of Warwick is launching a &pound;50,000 prize to identify excellence and innovation in new writing.&#8232; The Warwick Prize for Writing will be awarded biennially for a piece of &#8232;writing in the English language. Genres and form can range from the&#8232; traditional book to blogs, graphic novels or scientific theses. Organisers&#8232; aim to make it an international award, with a different theme every year. &#8232;Next year&#39;s will be &quot;complexity&quot;.&#8232;</p><p>David Morley, director of the prize, explained that it would &quot;help define&#8232; where writing might be going, what new shapes and forms it may take, and&#8232;even through what media it might be conducted&quot;.</p><p>&#8232;Members of the university&#39;s staff, as well as honorary professors and&#8232;honorary graduates, can make nominations by August, a longlist of 15 to 20 &#8232;titles will be announced in October, followed by a shortlist of six in&#8232; January 2009. The winner will be announced in February 2009.&#8232;</p><p>Author China Mi&eacute;ville will chair the panel of five judges, which also &#8232;includes mathematician Professor Ian Stewart and literary blogger Stephen&#8232; Mitchelmore.&#8232; In addition to the &pound;50,000, which is paid by the university itself, the &#8232;winning author will be offered a short placement at Warwick University.</p>