Author Kate Jegede creates non-fiction award for women writers

News - Prizes Thursday, 06 September 2018

The Thinking Woman's Writing Award launches next week

The Thinking Woman's Writing Award is a new writing prize, set up by British-Nigerian author Kate Jegede, which aims to increase the visibility of women writers in the UK writing non-fiction works with a philosophical or critical thinking theme.

The winner of the award will receive a free manuscript assessment from The Literary Consultancy, one year's free subscription to the RSA Fellowship scheme, and the chance to meet and discuss publishing prospects with LAW Agency. The prize opens for submissions on 14 September. It is free to enter, in a bid to reach as many women writers as possible from all backgrounds, and entries will be judged by Jegede, with a winner announced in November.

Jegede said: "Following the June 2018 publication of my first book Infinite Possibility (Penguin Random House), I felt inspired to help other women writers of philosophy bring their work to the attention of the literary world. In deciding on what to offer and to whom, I made the decision to partner with TLC, an organisation which provided me with some much-needed support and life-changing advice at a critical point in my writing career.

"Philosophy is woefully underrepresenting women. References to the greatest female philosophers of all time often include a dozen or so names of women who are now dead and none who are making notable contemporary contributions to the world. I think of present-day philosophers as 'thinkers', and firmly believe that the role of these individuals is just as critical today as they were in the time of Plato and Socrates. I am impassioned by the discovery of contemporary voices that can help shape the modern world and steer in the direction of a vibrant future that serves everyone. The Thinking Woman's Writing Award is about this. It is about helping those with ideas who want to write about them to create books that are powerful, inspirational but above all are of a high standard.

"A well-written book with the power to inspire can open the doors of the imagination of millions and so I am calling on women writers to step on stage, share their stories, and become part of a new radical community of philosophers making the world a better place."

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