Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

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The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award is a literary prize awarded to a British author under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. It is administered by the Society of Authors[1] and has been running since 1991.[2]


In 1999, Paul Farley's The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You "was so well received", according to the Encyclopedia of British Writers, that "it was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award".[3]


No award was made in 2002, 2005 or 2006.[8][9]


  1. ^ The Society of Authors: Grants and Prizes
  2. ^ Getting a Life by Helen Simpson
  3. ^ a b George Stade (2009). Encyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to the Present, Volume 2. Infobase Publishing. p. 162. 
  4. ^ Katie Allen, "Fifth time lucky for Raisin", The Bookseller, 6 April 2009.
  5. ^ Anna Richardson, "Fork-lift driver wins Sunday Times award", The Bookseller, 8 April 2008.
  6. ^ Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace (2006). The British Slave Trade And Public Memory. Columbia University Press. p. 68. 
  7. ^ Andrew Maunder (2007). "Simpson, Helen". The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Infobase Publishing. p. 387. 
  8. ^ Staff Writer."And the shortlist is..." The Sunday Times, 11 March 2007
  9. ^ The Society of Authors: The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (past winners)