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

SHADOW-JUDGE-WOB 2019

Imagine my surprise and delight when I was asked if I would like to be one of five UK bloggers to shadow The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award and decide on a blogger winner at the same time as the award is judged and decided by writers Kate Clancy, Victoria Hislop and The Sunday Times Literary Editor, Andrew Holgate. I was utterly thrilled to be asked.

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

young writer award logo 2019

The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award is awarded for a full-length published or self-published (in book or ebook formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, by an author aged 18 – 35 years. The winner receives £5,000, and there are three prizes of £500 each for runners-up. The winning book will be a work of outstanding literary merit.

You can find out all about The Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, including past winners, here.

Although I’m not allowed to tell you the shortlisted books yet I can say that they all look stunning and I think the shadow panel will have its work cut out to decide a winner! I’ll be featuring the books here on the blog over the next month.

The Shadow Panel

As well as me here on Linda’s Book Bag, the other shadow panelists include:

Anne Cater, of Random Things Through My Letter Box

David Harris of Blue Book Balloon

Clare Reynolds of Years Of Reading Selfishly

Phoebe Williams of The Brixton Bookworm

You can follow everything about the award on Twitter @youngwriteryear, or by using #YoungWriterAwardShadow to see what the shadow panel is up to! You’ll find us on the Award website too.

I can’t wait to begin reading the shortlisted books. You can join in too from Sunday 3rd November when the books and authors will be announced in The Sunday Times and on the website.

How exciting!

44 thoughts on “The Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award Shadow Panel

  1. What an exciting opportunity! I heard Victoria Hislop talk at Henley Literary Festival recently and she mentioned she was one of the judges for this award. She said how impressed she had been with the quality of the submissions and ‘the extraordinary talent on display’ in her words.

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