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Chaim Bermant Prize

Chaim Bermant Prizes for Journalism

The Jewish Book Council is delighted to be associated with the Chaim Bermant Prizes for Journalism, in memory of the author and journalist, who was a leading light on the Jewish Chronicle for 40 years until his death in 1998. Humane, witty and wise, he managed at once to be “ Anglo-Jewry’s voice of conscience”, in the words of former Chief Rabbi, the late Lord Jacobovits, or, in his own typically tongue-in-cheek designation, “a licensed heretic”.  Chaim Bermant wrote features and reviews for the nation’s most prestigious broadsheets and periodicals as well as over thirty books of history, fiction, satire and memoirs. The award to commemorate his exceptional career in journalism was first presented at Jewish book Week in 2008, in association with both the JC and the Bermant family.

Prizes are offered to both recognised and aspiring journalists. An award of £3,000 is awarded to an established journalist for his/her outstanding journalistic achievement. Candidates may be self-or-other nominated. Applicants for the aspiring journalist award, aged between 18 and 30, are invited to submit previously unpublished non-fiction articles of between 500 and 1,000 words. The successful candidate in this category receives £2,000 and the opportunity to take up an internship at the JC, which publishes an edited version of the winning article.

Geoffrey Alderman was the winner of the 2011 prize and the judges were Stephen Pollard, Daniel Finkelstein and David Horowitz.

The 2008 winner was Daniel Finkelstein, with David Rowan, Jonathan Freedland and Johnny Geller acting as judges.

More details can be found online here.
 

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