The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award has announced a new partnership with the University of Warwick for 2017, with the aim of broadening the award’s platform for supporting and nurturing the country’s young writing talent.
The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award is awarded annually to the best work of published or self-published fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish author aged between 18 and 35, and has gained attention and acclaim across the publishing industry and press. £5,000 is given to the overall winner and £500 to each of the three runners-up.
From 2017, the award will be run in association with the University of Warwick, who will amplify the partnership by offering a bespoke 10-week residency for the award’s winner, run a day festival of events, and provide a year-round programme of on-campus and digital support for award alumni and the year’s shortlist. Together, the three partners aim to give real and substantive support to young writing talent in Britain and Ireland.
This year the University of Warwick was named a national ‘centre for excellence’ in the field of Creative Writing by the Sunday Times in the latest Good University Guide. Approximately 1,000 UK and EU applicants apply every year, making Creative Writing at Warwick one of the most popular arts degree courses in Europe. The course also attracts many young writers from the Americas, China, Singapore, India and Africa.
The university is home to the acclaimed Warwick Writing Programme, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Europe, which is currently home to renowned authors such as: Will Eaves, Maureen Freely, Michael Hulse, A.L.Kennedy, Tim Leach, David Morley, Sarah Moss, Ian Sansom, Jonathan Skinner, and David Vann.
Stuart Croft, vice chancellor of the University of Warwick, said: “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award.
Our support for the award is an extension of Warwick’s broader commitment to the nurture and support of literary work, particularly in emerging writing talent such as in our own student body.”
Nelle Andrew, agent at PFD, said: “Having graduated from the University of Warwick’s English with Creative Writing programme, it is incredibly exciting to bring them together with a prize which seeks to promote young, burgeoning talent. I know from first-hand experience that Warwick is a passionate advocate for young writers and so a partnership with them, to help new talent find a wider audience is the perfect marriage of creative enterprise and industry endorsement.”