English author, poet and campaigner Dan Holloway shares the good news of the revival of a major literary prize that welcomes self-publishers.
The Young Writer of the Year Award, previously won by such luminaries as Sarah Waters, Simon Armitage, and Zadie Smith, is being relaunched after being in abeyance since 2009, under the sponsorship of The Sunday Times and agents Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD). And its new literary patrons are passionate that the award, worth £5000 to the winner and free to enter, should have a strong representation from self-published writers.
The award is open to works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published between July 1st 2014 and June 30th 2015 by writers aged from 18-35, living in the UK or Ireland.
PFD’s Robert Caskie, whose clients include Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit, said that this is “a wonderful opportunity for self-published authors to get the attention they deserve.” He believes there is a wealth of literary talent (and by literary, he is keen to stress that he is talking of quality across genres and not just “literary fiction”) amongst self-published writers that is being left behind in the current media emphasis on commercial series, and it is that wealth of talent he hopes the award will tap into.
Explicit Search for Self-published Literary Talent
PFD is looking to compile a shortlist of self-published titles for the judges, who include past winner Sarah Waters, that will sit absolutely equally alongside titles submitted by traditional publishers and demonstrate the diversity and talent that exists in self-publishing.
Caskie is keen to stress that this is an award that is first, foremost, and only looking for quality, and is not a popularity contest. He encourages authors who have found it hard to be heard in the melée and may be disappointed with their self-published sales to submit on a level playing field.
This is a fantastic opportunity for self-publishers to be read by one of the UK’s greatest living writers, to be judged alongside their traditionally published peers, and to show the literary world that self-publishing is the natural home to works of the highest quality.
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