No Joy for the Wodehouse Prize Judges

May 17, 2018 | Book Buzz

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Gloucester_Old_Spot_Boar _EnglandAnother unexpected and shocking literary announcement has followed the recent revelation about the Nobel Prize for Fiction. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK-based prize for comic fiction, has also cancelled its award this year because none of the books submitted to the judges were funny enough. 

David Campbell, publisher of Everyman's Library and judge for the award, stated that "[d]espite the submitted books producing many a wry smile amongst the panel during the judging process, we did not feel than any of the books we read this year incited the level of unanimous laughter we have come to expect".

Campbell said that next year's prize will bigger and better than usual. Each year the winner is presented with a jeroboam of Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée and a 52-volume set of P.G. Wodehouse books. In addition, a Gloucestershire Old Scots pig, like the one shown here, is named after the winning book.

The award was first presented in 2000. Past winners have included Terry Pratchett, Christopher Brookmyre and Gary Shteyngart.

[Photo Credit: Amanda Slater from Coventry, England (Gloucester Old Spot Boar) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons]