Edinburgh festival journalism awards announce shortlist

AN arts journalism prize honouring a former Scotsman newspaper journalist, and recognising young writers covering the Edinburgh Festival, has unveiled its shortlist.

The Allen Wright Awards comprise two categories and are open to writers aged 30 or under.

Say the awards organisers, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society: “As arts editor of The Scotsman for 30 years, Allen Wright was a passionate supporter of the Fringe and a great encourager of young talent.

“The Fringe First Awards, which he founded, are to this day a major institution and point of highest prestige for its recipients. Similarly, the Allen Wright Award – the only official award handed out by the Fringe Society – honours his ideals and continues his contribution to the festival he loved.”

The Allen Wright Awards were founded in 1998. Up for grabs is £750 in each category.

Review category:

Chris Hislop, FringeReview/Fringe Guru
Sally Stott, The Scotsman
Suzanne Black, The List
Matt Trueman, Culture Wars
Lizzie Mitchell, The List
Chitra Ramaswamy, Scotland on Sunday
Rob Marks, Broadway Baby
Shona Craven, The Herald/Onstage Scotland
Jay Richardson, The Scotsman
Ben Judge, Fest

Interviews, features and previews category:

Sam Friedman, Fest
Simon Mundy, Fest
Lyle Brennan, Fest
Jay Richardson, The Scotsman
Rosalie Doubal, The List
Yasmin Sulaiman, The List
Ben Judge, Fest
Tom Hackett, Fest
Claire Sawers, The List
Chris Williams, Fest

Update, August 27 2009: The winners:

Review category: Matt Trueman (Culture Wars)

Features, interviews and previews category: Sam Friedman (Fest Magazine)