Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award makes Warwick University lead partner

News - Prizes Friday, 12 April 2019

Caroline Michel, ceo of PFD, becomes its first patron; submissions open today until 15 June

The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2019 has launched with the University of Warwick as its title partner, and Caroline Michel, ceo of Peters Fraser + Dunlop, becoming its first patron. The university has been the associate sponsor of the prize since 2017.

The Young Writer of the Year Award was relaunched in 2015, after a seven-year hiatus. Since then, the prize has rewarded authors who have quickly gone on to become household names, adding Sarah Howe (2015), Max Porter (2016), Sally Rooney (2017).

Submissions open today (12 April) and close on 15 June. Administered by the Society of Authors, the Young Writer of the Year Award rewards the best work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish author aged between 18 and 35. To qualify for the 2019 prize, books - either published or self-published - must have first come out between 9 June 2018 and 14 June 2019.

Michel said: "The Sunday Times 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."

Andrew Holgate, literary editor of The Sunday Times, said: "I couldn’t be happier that the University of Warwick have stepped up to become the Young Writer Award's main partner. And I couldn't be more grateful to Caroline Michel and Peters Fraser + Dunlop for helping to revive the prize and inject new energy into it. We have all worked so closely together as partners – Warwick, PFD and The Sunday Times – to help champion young British and Irish writers, so it feels entirely appropriate that Caroline becomes Patron, and the University of Warwick becomes lead partner. The award has already come a very long way in the last four years, and with the University of Warwick's help, and the support of their much-admired Warwick Writing Programme, there is an awful lot more we can do."

Ian Rowley, engagement group director, University of Warwick, said: "We are delighted to be assuming the title partnership for this hugely important literary prize. As one of the country's leading universities, we are fully committed to supporting the creative industries and the continued nurturing of our rich literary tradition. The Warwick Writing Programme already plays a leading role in this. Our support for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award allows us to extend our work for a broad network of aspiring writers. We recognise how challenging it can be for those making their way, which is why we have worked closely with The Sunday Times to make this more than a prize, providing a vital support network, including a residency at the University of Warwick for the prize winner, which is completely tailored to their needs."

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