Friday, May 11, 2012
From trainee to triumph: Kim Scott Walwyn Prize rewards promising publisher
Rukhsana Yasmin was last night revealed as the winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. The accolade, which recognises both the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing, was announced at a ceremony packed with publishers, young and old, at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. Matthew Hollis, Editor at Faber & Faber and prize-winning author, who was a good friend and colleague of Kim Scott Walwyn, awarded Rukhsana with her Prize of £1000 sponsored by the Society of Young Publishers and a two-day course of her choice, courtesy of the Publishing Training Centre.
Kate Jury, Chair of the Prize Advisory Committee and the judging panel said:
‘The judging committee was incredibly impressed by the quality of the entrants for this year's Prize, and choosing both the shortlist and the winner has been a difficult but enjoyable task. The talent, energy, and determination of our shortlist show what a creative and forward-looking publishing industry we have. Our winner, Rukhsana Yasmin, has a passion for publishing inspiring stories and important ideas, which she communicates with a fluency and verve that Kim would have admired tremendously.’