The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016 is now closed for submission. The winner will be announced in December 2016. Join the mailing list to be kept up to date.
The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. To apply and for more information about the prize please visit the Society of Authors website.
“For young writers, a prize makes all the difference: not just the publicity flare, or the tag-line on the paperback jacket, but the jag of confidence it brings. Someone believes in your prose, someone has prized those sentences you spent all those years laying end to end… Nothing crushes the wish to write quite like apathy; nothing boosts it quite like being read and responded to carefully. [After winning the award in 2004] I started to think I might be able to write another book – that became The Wild Places (2007), and here I am in 2015, six books down and another underway, thinking back more than a decade to the Prize, and the huge boost it gave me.” Robert Macfarlane, winner 2004
Building on the success of the 2015 award, we think that James Naughtie and Stella Tillyard couldn’t be more apt as readers for the 2016 award. Jim, of course, as well as being a former stalwart of Radio 4’s Today programme, is a passionate advocate for books – he writes them (his second novel, Paris Spring, came out earlier this year), discusses them on the radio (he presents Radio 4’s Bookclub), and is now BBC News’ Books Editor.Read more
Make sure that you know why it is that you do want to break into publication. And not to ask yourself this until after you have finished your book. Publication does not turn you, as if by magic, into a writer. You are already a writer. It’s important not to forget that…Read more
Acclaimed broadcaster James Naughtie and award winning historian Stella Tillyard will join literary editor Andrew Holgate on the judging panel for The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016.Read more
Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016 is now open for submissions. The closing date is 1 May 2016. The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award of £5,000 is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years. There are three awards of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be the work of the most outstanding literary merit.Read more
The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award originally ran between 1991 and 2009. Helen Simpson, who was the first winner in 1991, said “Other prizes followed but this Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award was the first, giving a generous dose of encouragement and cash at the very point it was needed. Twenty-five years on I am still writing stories.”
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