Senior Rabbi of the S&P UK Sephardi Community, Rabbi Joseph Dweck, is to chair the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize judging panel, joined by New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush; award-winning novelist and short story writer M.J. Hyland and Women’s Prize long-listed author and journalist Jemma Wayne.
Now in its 45th year, the annual £4,000 prize, run in association with JW3, is awarded to the best book – fiction or non-fiction – to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.
Chair of judges Rabbi Dweck said: ‘It is my honour and pleasure to participate in the judging panel for this year’s Wingate Prize.
‘The prize has showcased and recognised the rich and robust culture of Jewish thought, creativity and wisdom. It is a unique and beautiful way to recognise excellence and embrace Jewish diversity and its contribution to the literary world and is especially needed at this time.
‘I know that the discussions between the panel of judges will be filled with stimulating ideas and perspectives, and we are all excited and eager to take part.’
The prize long-list will be announced late 2021.