Incoming Sunday Times Literary Editor Johanna Thomas-Corr is joined by critic and journalist Stig Abell, poet Mona Arshi, author Oyinkan Braithwaite, and novelist and earlier winner of the prize Francis Spufford. Former Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate remains as Chair of the Judges and along with the panel will decide who will follow last year’s winner of the prize, Cal Flyn (Islands of Abandonment).


The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award is the UK and Ireland’s most influential prize for young writers.

 2021 winner – Cal Flyn, Islands of Abandonment

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The 2021 Shortlist

Young Writer Award @YoungWriterYear

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