JQ-Wingate Literary Prize

Key facts

Sponsors / partners


Genres / categories

Genre, Literary fiction & poetry

Prize money: £4,000

Key dates

Longlist announced: 10/01/2019
Winner(s) announced: 25/02/2019

The annual JQ Wingate Literary prize is awarded to the best book – fiction or non-fiction – to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.

It is the only UK literary prize of its kind and, as such, attracts nominations from all over the globe. Previous winners include Amos Oz, Zadie Smith, Oliver Sacks, Otto Dov Kulka and David Grossman.

Now in its 42nd year, the £4,000 prize is run in association with JW3.

The 2019 Shortlist is:

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – Tinder Press/Headline

No Place To Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel (translated by Stephanie Smee) – Pushkin Press

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday – Granta Books

Eternal Life by Dara Horn – W.W. Norton & Co Ltd

Evacuation by Raphael Jerusalmy (translated by Penny Hueston) – Text Publishing

Memento Park by Mark Sarvas – Farrar, Straus & Giroux

The 2019 JQ Wingate Prize was awarded to Françoise Frenkel’s rediscovered Holocaust memoir No Place to Lay One’s Head.