Lord (Martin) Rees, Astronomer Royal, to chair “dream team” of judges for The 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
in its 15th anniversary year
Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, is to chair the judges for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the UK’s leading non-fiction prize, in its fifteenth year. He will be joined by classicist Mary Beard, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, historian Peter Hennessy, and writer and non-fiction reviewer James McConnachie.
Martin Rees comments: “I'm delighted and honoured to be chairing such a distinguished panel in the year of the fifteenth anniversary of the UK’s premier non-fiction prize. This is my ‘dream team’, bringing together a wealth of expertise, and we’re looking forward to reading some brilliant books.”
The announcement comes as submissions open for the prize. Publishers may enter up to three non-fiction books per imprint with publication dates between 10 November 2012 and 31 December 2013. The deadline for submissions is 28 June 2013.
The winner of the 2013 prize will be announced on 4th November, following the shortlist announcement in October (date tbc).