The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award

The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award is an annual award, made possible by the Sunday Times and the University of Warwick.

The prize of £5,000 is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, by a British or Irish author aged 18-35 years. There are three awards of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be the work of the most outstanding literary merit. 

The annual award is sponsored by The Sunday Times and the University of Warwick. 

The award is administered by the Society of Authors.

The 2018 winner was Adam Weymouth for Kings of the Yukon (Particular Books).

The 2019 award is now accepting submissions.

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CRITERIA FOR ENTRY 

  • UK and Irish citizens and those who have been resident in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland for the three years preceding the award are all eligible. 
  • The author must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years on 31 December 2019. 
  • The work submitted must be by one author in the English language. 
  • The work submitted must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between 9 June 2018 and 14 June 2019.  
  • Ebooks must be submitted in PDF format. 
  • Publishers may enter up to two entries per imprint and may provide a written submission for one further title for possible call in. 
  • Deadline for submissions is 15 June at 5pm (GMT).