The Award

The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, in association with Warwick University, 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 aged 18 – 35 years. The winner receives £5,000, and there are three prizes of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be a work of outstanding literary merit.

The award is an annual prize is  sponsored by the Sunday Times and Peters Fraser & Dunlop, in association with the University of Warwick.  The British Council is the international partner of the award.

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

 

 

Eligibility

Both published and self-published books may be entered for the award, and may be sent by post or via email (as PDFs if in ebook format). Please ensure you complete the correct entry form for your submission.

  • The 2018 award is now closed for submissions. 
  • UK and Irish citizens and those who have been resident in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland for the past three years preceding the award are all eligible.
  • For the 2018 award, the author must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years on 31 December 2018.
  • The work submitted must be by one author in the English language.
  • To be eligible books must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between 3 June 2017 and 8 June 2018.
  • ebooks must be submitted in PDF format. Note for publishers: Publishers may enter up to two entries per imprint and may provide a written submission for one further title for possible call in.

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Key Dates for 2018

Submission period opened – 15 April 2018

Submission period closed – 8 June 2018

Shortlist announcement – 4 November 2018

Winner announcement – 6 December 2018

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