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