[Anne's got her back turned, and I'm posting this before she can stop me.]
The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing and is open to any woman has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.
Catherine Clarke and Denise Johnstone-Burt, co-chairs of the judging panel commented:
"Every year we are so impressed with the range of experience and dynamism in our applicants for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. This year is no exception-in fact, the number of applicants increased by 45%, and the overall level was so high that for the first time we have selected a shortlist of five rather than four outstanding women. Their roles are all quite different, but it is the extra that they bring to their jobs, the imagination and flair and achievement, that gives them a place in this excellent shortlist."
The 2014 shortlist is:
- Melissa Cox - Children's New Titles Buyer, Waterstones
- Lynsey Dalladay - Community Manager, Penguin Random House
- Sarah Hesketh - Freelance Project Manager & Events and Publications Manager, The Poetry Translation Centre
- Hellie Ogden - Literary Agent, Janklow & Nesbit
- Anne Perry - Editor, Hodder & Stoughton
The winner will be announced at ceremony at the Free Word Centre in Central London on Tuesday 13 May.
The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize is managed by the Prize Committee and Booktrust and is run in partnership with the Society of Young Publishers and the Publishing Training Centre.
[THAT'S ANNE! You can read more about the prize - plus all sorts of ear-burningly nice praise from the panel - over on the award's website.]