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 of 35 years or under. 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 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.

  • 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 2017 award, the author must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years on 31 December 2017.
  • The work submitted must be by one author in the English language.
  • For the 2017 award, the work submitted must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between 2 May 2016 and 2 June 2017.
  • 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.

The 2017 Shadow Panel

To Be Announced

Key Dates for 2017

Submission period opens – 3 April 2017

Submission period closes – 2 June 2017

Shortlist announcement – 5 November 2017

Winner announcement – 7 December 2017

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