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 an author of 35 years or under. There are three prizes of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be a work of outstanding literary merit.
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 Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year is an annual prize, sponsored by the Sunday Times and Peters Fraser & Dunlop. 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
The 2016 Shadow Panel of bookbloggers have started to share their thoughts about this year’s shortlist. Read what they have to say about Benjamin Wood’s The EclipticRead more
The 2016 Shadow Panel of bookbloggers have started to share their thoughts about this year’s shortlist. Read what they have to say about Max Porters’s Grief Is The Thing With FeathersRead more
After much deliberation, our Shadow Panel have made their choice and have chosen their winner… Jessie Greengrass’s An Account Of The Decline Of The Great Auk, According To One Who Saw It. Read on to find out what they said.Read more
An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray Originals)
Physical by Andrew McMillan (Cape Poetry), Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter (Faber) and The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood (Scribner). The winner will be announced on 8 December 2016.
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: