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Submissions are now open for The Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award 2020. 

The prize, which identifies and champions the best writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry aged 18-35, has become the definitive platform for young writing in Britain and Ireland.

The Award is given 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, as well as a ten-week residency at the University of Warwick and a one-year membership of the London Library. There are three prizes of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be a work of outstanding literary merit.  This years’ winner will be the twenty-second winner of the prize, joining Raymond Antrobus, Adam Weymouth, Sally Rooney and Max Porter as the most recent winners.

Submissions close on Friday 22 June, 2020. To be eligible books must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between 15 June 2019 and 22 June 2020.  The author must be aged between 18 and 35 on 31st December 2020.  For full guidelines and details of how to enter, visit Award page.



The 2020 judging panel will be revealed in the coming weeks, with the shortlist of four books announced on 1 November, followed by the winner announcement on 10 December.




The award is an annual prize, sponsored by the Sunday Times and the University of Warwick.  The British Council is the international partner of the award.

The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. To enter and for more information about the prize please visit the Society of Authors website.

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