A reading suggestion by a colleague led me to discover the Bellweather Prize for Fiction.
Established in 2000 by novelist Barbara Kingsolver
, the Bellweather Prize rewards writers who novels deal topics of social responsibility.
It is also somewhat unusual in that it recognized unpublished manuscripts. The winner receives $25,000 and a guarantee to be published by a major publisher.
The Bellweather Prize is awarded every two years.
Here are the past winners:
btw, the reading suggetsion was for Mudbound
, which my colleauge claims kept her awake half the night reading. She simply could not stop reading until she finished the story.