The inaugural winner of the Warwick (pronounced “Warrick”, in the Shakespearean Tradition) prize was announced last night. Naomi Klein accepted the biennial prize for The Shock Doctrine and praised the college for their non-corporate funding. She was no doubt pleased they could afford the $72,000 cash prize.
Warwick Prize hopefuls submit work based on a theme which changes with each contest period. This year’s theme was “Complexity,” and the next round will be “Colour.” But for all the pretension, David Morley, Director of the Warwick Prize for Writing eloquently states where the real seat of motivation is:
“Prizes are important. They offer a beckoning point to a writer.”
You can view Klein’s acceptance speech here.