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The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times, founded in 1822, is Britain’s best-selling quality newspaper. It celebrated its 10,000th edition in May 2016 and has won a clutch of awards for its Insight team investigations unit, its foreign reporting and its magazine features and interviews in particular. At the 2020 Press Awards The Sunday Times’s Insight team took the popular-life scoop of the year, the political editor Tim Shipman won political reporter of the year, chief foreign correspondent Christina Lamb was named broadsheet feature writer of the year and Chris Haslam was selected as travel journalist of the year. www.thesundaytimes.co.uk

“It has never been more difficult for young writers to gain notice and establish a career than it is today, and the Young Writer of the Year Award is hugely important for the way it puts the spotlight on our best emerging talent. The prestige of the award, and its extraordinary list of past winners, have made it a literary kite mark, and a really effective way of supporting the best new young British and Irish talent.” Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor, The Sunday Times Read all the latest book reviews at thesundaytimes.co.uk/books

The Charlotte Aitken Trust

The Charlotte Aitken Trust

The Charlotte Aitken Trust is a registered charity funded by money left for the purpose by the leading literary agent Gillon Aitken (1938-2016), formerly chairman of Aitken Alexander Associates. The Trust is named in memory of his daughter Charlotte, who died in 2011 at the age of 27. The Charlotte Aitken Trust aims to continue Gillon’s work of encouraging literary talent and aims to advance the education of the public in the subject of literature; and to promote the creative arts for the public benefit, especially literature, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry. The Trust expects to award prizes, grants and scholarships, either in programmes developed by the trustees or in partnership with existing schemes. A first grant was made in October 2020 in support of the Brontë Society, which operates the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth, Yorkshire. In May 2021, the Trust announced support of a Young Vic/Headlong co-production, ‘Best of Enemies’, a new play by Olivier Award-winner James Graham, directed by Jeremy Herrin. The Charlotte Aitken Trust is now the sponsor of The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award. charlotteaitkentrust.org.uk

“To be encouraging young writers in Charlotte’s name is absolutely the sort of thing we want to be doing. The prize itself, with its previous sponsors, the University of Warwick and Peters Fraser & Dunlop, has a fantastically good track record – not just for picking up writers of promise, but writers of achievement –– people who have gone on to have very good careers. It has great history and value to us, and we are thrilled to be a partner.” Sebastian Faulks, Chair of the Charlotte Aitken Trust

British Council

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications.  

We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

Caroline Michel

 Caroline Michel

Caroline Michel is the inaugural patron of the Young Writer of The Year Award. Peters Fraser + Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London, and was sponsor of the Young Writer of the Year Award from its reignition in 2015 until 2018.

“The  Young Writer of the Year Award has always been one of enormous significance and it has been such a privilege and such fun being involved and developing the prize to where it is now. Prizes like this mean so much at the beginning of a writer’s career and it’s been a joy to be involved and continue to be involved as a patron.“ Caroline Michel, CEO Peters Fraser + Dunlop

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