The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times is the UK’s largest circulation quality Sunday newspaper with a circulation of 792,210. Over 413,600 people subscribe to the digital and/or print editions of The Sunday Times and The Times. Renowned for its technological innovation, The Sunday Times is available for download on all platforms and devices including Android, Amazon Kindle and iOS. The Sunday Times has a reputation for award-winning, courageous and campaigning investigative journalism, breaking many major world exclusives. With 12 sections every week, The Sunday Times offers great value to readers and it is recognised not only for breaking news but for its unrivalled coverage of sports, business, the arts and entertainment.

“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

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Warwick University

Warwick University

The University of Warwick’s exceptional research and teaching has led to a constant presence in the rankings of the UK’s and the world’s greatest universities. Warwick is now regarded among the world’s most highly regarded institutions by employers.

The University of Warwick prides itself on using creativity to prompt a better understanding of the world around us. It has an internationally-renowned Faculty of Arts, its students produce impressive work inside and outside of study, and the largest multi-artform centre outside of the capital is based on its campus. Across all Warwick’s faculties, its people use their ingenuity to solve problems and unearth new truths.

Warwick’s English Literature and Creative Writing remains a course distinguished by its combination of a traditional English degree and its creative writing modules taught by some of the leading creative writers in the UK. It is this powerful balance of tradition and creativity – placing the study of writing on an equal platform to its practice – that distinguishes the course from others on the market. The course has always been underpinned by the value that to become a good creative writer or critic you have also to become a great reader. It is the structure of progression from ‘apprentice’ writer to independent real world writer that makes the course score so highly in terms of employability and writing in the world beyond university.

Its stellar teaching staff includes writers such A.L. Kennedy, David Morley, David Vann, Sarah Moss and Maureen Freely.

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 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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