The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016 is now closed for submission. The winner will be announced in Deceber 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
There’s no point in advising you to read because you wouldn’t be a writer unless you were already a reader, would you? Just don’t go reading the latest prizewinners and bestsellers in the hope of discovering what publishers are looking for. By the time your book is written, they’ll be looking for something else.Read more
Patrick French won the award in 1998 for Liberty or Death: India’s Journey to Independence and Division tells young writers three simple points:
1 – Believe in your talent, if you have it. 2 – Ignore the peripheral. 3 – Find a good editor.
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.”
The amazing list of winners are:
RT: “Imagine what you are writing about. See it and live it.” —Ted Hughes bit.ly/1AoFSN2
RT: “I don’t observe and I don’t describe; I rediscover.” —Francois Mauriac bit.ly/19UPxMJ
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