Raven Leilani, a writer from New York, has won this year's PS20,000 Dylan Thomas Prize. The Swansea University Prize is one of the world's most prominent literary prizes for young writers. Luster, the 30-year-debut old's novel, was crowned the winner in a virtual ceremony. It will be published by Penguin on October 13th.
The judges said they were "delighted" with the book, which is set in 1980s New Jersey and follows a 12-year-old girl who enters a writing competition run by her father's publisher. Luster received an overall score of 80 out of 100 and was praised for its "originality of vision and achievement".
Previous winners include authors such as Alexander McCall Smith, Chang-Rae Lee and Paul Harding. The prize was created in memory of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who won it twice before he died at age 29. It was first awarded in 1963 and since then more than 20 people have won it.
The judges this year were: Charles Adler, author and screenwriter (Boom!); Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale; Lorin Stein, chef and co-owner of Lupa restaurant in New York City; and Kwame Anthony Appiah, philosopher and professor of law and ethics at New York University.
The PS/PS20,000 awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 6th.
Yvette Coppersmith is the 10th woman to receive the Archibald Prize since its inception in 1921 in 2018. Nora Heysen was the first woman to win in 1938, at the age of 27; she is still the youngest winner. Del Kathryn Baron and Judy Cassab have each won it twice. The only other female winner more than once is Elizabeth Frink, who received the prize in 1943 and 1945. She died in 1946, having never regained consciousness after the first exhibition.
The most recent female winner was born in New South Wales, Australia. Her work is entitled "Black Girl with Arms Outstretched". It consists of a black girl with her arms outstretched toward the viewer over a white background. This piece also won the 2015 Archibald Prize.
Heysen's mother was born in Germany. When she was two years old, her family moved to Victoria (Australia) where she grew up. She left school at 14 to help support her family by working as a office assistant and later as an administrative assistant for the Victorian Education Department. In 1936, she became the first female teacher in Victoria when she was appointed to a position at Mooroolbark State School in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. She remained there for three years before being promoted to senior grade officer responsible for about 20 schools in the region.
Baron was a painter and printmaker who worked in Sydney from about 1910 until her death in 1994.
The Tate Gallery organizes the Turner Prize, which is awarded annually to a British visual artist. The winner is determined by a group of four independent judges appointed by the Tate and led by Tate Britain's director. The judges consider each nominee's entire body of work, including previous exhibitions they have participated in.
The prize was created in 1984 by the British art dealer Michael Turner with the intention of "encouraging young artists." In addition to the cash award, the winner receives a place on the Turner Prize Tour, which visits major cities around the world.
Previous winners include Paul Harvey, Sarah Morris, Liam Gillick, and Antony Gormley.
The 11th Turner Prize will be awarded in 2019. The nominees were announced in February and will be revealed in public for the first time during an event at Tate Britain on 16 January 2019. The winner will be announced later that year at a ceremony held at Tate Britain.
All previous winners are listed here.
J.M. Coetzee (in 1983 and 1999), Peter Carey (in 1988 and 2001), Hilary Mantel (in 2009 and 2012), and Margaret Atwood (in 2000 and 2019) have all won many times. The Booker Prize initially gave recipients PS5,000. This was increased to £20,000 in 1969 and then to its current value of $130,000 in 1978.
Coetzee is the only person to have won it twice. He was awarded the prize for both his novels, which are set in South Africa during periods of political upheaval. The first edition of Disgrace was short-listed for the Booker Prize, but the judges decided not to give the award that year because there were only three books on the list. However, they did award it in 1999, when a record number of entries appeared on the longlist.
In addition to the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Booker Prize is also awarded annually by the British book trade magazine the Booker. It is regarded as the highest literary honor in the English-speaking world. The annual awards ceremony is held in London on or around 13 October.