Last year’s relaunched Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award was a spectacularly successful affair – wonderful judges (Sunday Times chief fiction reviewer Peter Kemp and Sarah Waters), great events and coverage (including on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme), a superb shortlist, and a winner in Sarah Howe who felt like everything that the prize stands for in terms of literary merit and promise.
This year we are hoping for even more, and have begun immensely well with the appointment of two outstanding judges, James Naughtie and Stella Tillyard, above.
Jim and Stella couldn’t be more apt as readers for the award. Jim, of course, as well as being a former stalwart of Radio 4’s Today programme, is a passionate advocate for books – he writes them (his second novel, Paris Spring, came out earlier this year), discusses them on the radio (he presents Radio 4’s Bookclub), and is now BBC News’ Books Editor.
Stella, too, has an extraordinary amount of books knowledge, having written the bestselling Aristocrats, two other highly acclaimed biographies, and the novel Tides of War.
We have already begun reading, and will be drawing up our shortlist for this year’s award in early November, with the winner announced in early December. You can be the first to find out more by telling us where to get in touch.
Watch this space for announcements about future plans for the prize. With the tireless help of Peters Fraser and Dunlop we’ve made a tremendous start, but there’s a lot more to come for this year.
Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times Literary Editor – Chair of Judges for the Sunday Times / Peters Fraser Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award