Wellcome Book Prize relaunches

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize was relaunched last night by the 2014 Chair of Judges Andrew Motion, with a bigger prize fund, new branding and a new home in Wellcome Collection.

The Prize will now be known as the Wellcome Book Prize and will bear the strapline 'Books for the incurably curious'.

It was announced that the prize money would increase from £25,000 to £30,000 per year, making the Wellcome Book Prize among the most lucrative literary prizes available. The Prize will now be celebrated in the spring: the shortlist announcement will take place at the end of February 2014, and the winner will be announced at the end of April.

Andrew Motion will be joined by an eminent panel of figures from across the literary, academic and scientific worlds: Lisa Appignanesi, writer and cultural commentator; James Runcie, novelist, film-maker and Head of Literature at the Southbank Centre; Michael Mosley, medical journalist and television presenter; and Hadley Freeman, ‘Guardian’ columnist.

The Wellcome Book Prize emphasises the role of books and reading for pleasure in expanding our horizons. It celebrates the very best books of the year with a medical theme; books that challenge our curiosity, fire our imagination, inspire debate and help us to think differently about the world around us.

The Wellcome Book Prize is open to both fiction and nonfiction titles that have been published in the UK during the Prize year. The previous winners of the Prize were Thomas Wright for 'Circulation' (2012), Alice LaPlante for 'Turn of Mind' (2011), Rebecca Skloot for 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' (2010), and Andrea Gillies for 'Keeper: Living with Nancy – a journey into Alzheimer's' (2009).

We are all touched by medicine and health at some point in our lives, and stories that explore these encounters make us think afresh about what it means to be human. The 2014 Prize has already had more submissions than ever before, a testimony to the rich diversity of books that fit our exciting brief.