The shortlist for the 2019 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize has been announced today, and we are incredibly proud that Nosy Crow’s contracts manager, Ola Gotkowska, has been shortlisted.
The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing, is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years. Founded in 2003, the Prize honours the life and career of Kim Scott Walwyn, who was Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and who died in 2002 at the age of 45.
Ola took on the role of contracts manager at Nosy Crow only last year, having worked in our rights department for six years, until receiving a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease in April 2018. Now she applies her customary brilliance to our contracts department – and we are so pleased that her work has been recognised in this way.
In their reporting of the prize, The Bookseller write:
“The judges were “incredibly impressed” by Gotkowska’s rights achievements and highlighted “the fortitude and courage with which she has adapted to her changing life circumstances” after she was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2018. “It was obvious from the genuine praise she has received from all quarters that she is a joy to work with, a real and demonstrable asset to a publishing house, and an inspiring mentor to more junior colleagues,” said the panel.”
The winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize will be announced on Tuesday 28th May at a prize ceremony at Stationers’ Hall in central London, and you can find out more about the prize here.