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 2017 will open for submission in May 2017. 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
The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award has announced a new partnership with the University of Warwick for 2017 as we look to broaden the award’s platform for supporting and nurturing the country’s young writing talent. The news was announced at the ceremony for The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016, which was awarded to Max Porter for Grief is the Thing with Feathers.Read more
“Diamond-sharp prose with an affecting poetic pulse, and surging emotions that are perfectly tempered and managed. This is a writer bursting with originality.” – judge James Naughtie Max Porter has been awarded The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016 for his extraordinary debut Grief is the Thing […]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:
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@CarnelianValley An absolute pleasure - hope it goes well!