Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

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The Sunday Times / University of Warwick 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]

History[edit]

The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award is said here to have originally run between 1991 and 2009, but there is evidence to confirm that it began twenty years earlier. At that time entries confined to short stories and were published in the newspaper itself. The 1974 winner was Charles Nicholl, who went on to become well-known for historical biographies.[3] 'The Ups and The Downs' was Charles Nicholl's disturbing and humorous account of a bad LSD trip in London.

It was re-invigorated with the support of literary agents Peters Fraser + Dunlop in 2015 under the new name Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award.[4]

In 2019 the University of Warwick took over as co-sponsor. The award was renamed as The Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award.

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".[5]

Winners[edit]

No award was made in 2002, 2005 or 2006.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Society of Authors: Grants and Prizes
  2. ^ Getting a Life by Helen Simpson powells.com
  3. ^ "Young Writer Of The Year Award". Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD). Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Sunday Times to relaunch Young Writer of the Year competition | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b George Stade (2009). Encyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to the Present, Volume 2. Infobase Publishing. DWJ Books, LLC. p. 162.
  6. ^ "2015 Winner - Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD)". Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD). Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ Katie Allen, "Fifth time lucky for Raisin", The Bookseller, 6 April 2009.
  8. ^ Anna Richardson, "Fork-lift driver wins Sunday Times award", The Bookseller, 8 April 2008.
  9. ^ Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace (2006). The British Slave Trade And Public Memory. Columbia University Press. p. 68.
  10. ^ Andrew Maunder (2007). "Simpson, Helen". The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Infobase Publishing. p. 387.
  11. ^ Staff Writer."And the shortlist is..." The Sunday Times, 11 March 2007
  12. ^ The Society of Authors: The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (past winners)