Staff writers for The New York Times and The New Yorker, an art expert based in Rome and an associate professor at Oxford University are among the first nine winners of the Silvers-Dudley Awards for Criticism and Journalism.
The awards are named after the late Robert Silvers, the longtime editor of the New York Review of Books, and his partner, the late Lady Grace Dudley. The prize money amounts to $ 135,000 for the honors, announced Wednesday by the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, with individual prizes of between $ 10,000 and $ 30,000.
“These awards richly reward a kind of authorship that has long been underrated in the economics of literary awards – lengthy critique, intellectual essay and art writing – along with the penetrating journalism that Bob nurtured at the New York Review,” said the author and foundation director Daniel Mendelsohn in a statement.
Three winners were nominated in each of three categories: literary criticism, art writing, and journalism.
Recipients of the Critics Award were Los Angeles-based author Elaine Blair, Oxford Associate Professor Merve Emre, and Cambridge-based Cambridge-based Becca Rothfeld.
Winners of art writing were New Yorker theater critic Vinson Cunningham, New York Times critic Jason Farago, and Rome-based Renaissance art critic Ingrid Rowland.
For journalism, the winners were Mexican-based author Alma Guillermoprieto, London-based columnist Nesrine Malik and Berlin-based author Thomas Meaney.