Kate Wilson, founder and m.d. of Nosy Crow, is the winner of this year’s Women in Publishing Pandora Award.
Wilson beat off competition from Justine Solomons, founder of Byte the Book, who was the runner-up. Alison Jones, who runs a publishing consultancy, was highly commended.
The organisation Women in Publishing gives the prize every year to a woman who has made a “significant and sustained contribution to the publishing industry”. Last year’s winner was Little, Brown chairman Ursula Mackenzie.
In a blog post Wilson said: “Thirty years ago, as someone who very much wanted to get into publishing, I went to my first publishing event: an evening q&a session with Virago’s Lennie Goodings at Blackwell’s in Oxford, and, though I have entirely failed to be a proper supporter of the organisation since my 20s (for which my apologies to the awards judging panel), it was good to be back.
“Thanks to my cheery and talented co-shortlistees, and thanks to Women in Publishing and the judging panel in particular. I look forward to the January handover of the wooden box – an antique writing slope, I think – that the award holder gets to keep for a year, which is currently in the hands of Ursula Mackenzie.”