Newsweek

New Prize for Thrillers With No Violence Against Women

The prize encourages writers "to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés."
The new Staunch Book Prize will recognize a thriller that does not involve violence against women. It will go "the author of a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered."
02_02_Gun Source: Denis De Marney/Getty Images

Bridget Lawless always felt strongly about violence against women—on the page, on the screen and in real life. Now the author and screenwriter, who writes educational materials about violence for teachers and students, is putting forward a pot of money from her own pocket for . The Staunch Book Prize gives a nod and £2,000 to “the author of a novel in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered,” according to on the prize website.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Newsweek

Newsweek12 min readTech
Russia May Have Already Hacked the 2018 Midterms
It's possible the Russians perfected their attacks on electronic voting machines in the 2016 elections without tipping their hand.
Newsweek5 min read
How a Stunning 1983 Prince Recording Was Lost and Found
"The things [Prince] left behind are, in many cases, better than another artist’s very best work," said Michael Howe, chief archivist for the Prince estate.
Newsweek6 min read
Director Sacha Gervasi on HBO's 'My Dinner With Hervé'
The movie, starring Peter Dinklage, depicts the rollicking—and tragic—life of the "Fantasy Island" sidekick.