I contribute to another blog through the library where I work. It was on this blog that I first became aware of this relatively new book award. Established in 2000 by novelist Barbara Kingsolver, the Bellwether Prize rewards writers whose novels deal with topics of social responsibility.
It is also somewhat unusual in that it recognizes unpublished manuscripts.
The Bellwether Prize is awarded every two years.
The winner receives $25,000 and a guarantee to be published by a major publisher.
The past winners are:
2000: Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth, by Donna Gershten
2002: The Book of Dead Birds, by Gayle Brandeis
2004: Correcting the Landscape, by Marjorie Kowolski Cole
2006: Mudbound, by Hillary Jorden
2008: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by Heidi Durrow