Booktrust cancels John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for 2011

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29 June 2011
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Booktrust has put three of its literary prizes for 2011 on hold, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, because of funding difficulties ...
Booktrust has announced that it has put three of its literary prizes on hold for 2011, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, because of funding difficulties.

The other prizes which are will not be awarded for 2011 are Booktrust Early Years Awards and the Booktrust Teenage Prize.

The book charity lost 50% of its funding from the Department of Education in February this year.

Booktrust said: 'As you will be aware, the last few months have been particularly challenging for Booktrust. Our new funding settlement with the Department for Education has allowed us to protect the universal offer of the national bookgifting programmes, but it has nonetheless forced us to undertake a thorough review of all of the prizes and projects in the Booktrust portfolio.'

The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize is for the best new book by an author under 35. 'We have not taken this decision lightly and we strongly intend to bring back the Prize with a bang in the very near future,' stated Booktrust.

Website: www.booktrust.org.uk

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