UK: The Sunday Times Young Writer 2024 Shortlist

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Praising ‘their attentiveness to the world,’ the 2024 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year jury names four authors to its shortlist.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Daring and Gumption’
This year’s Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award for writers 35 and younger has announced its four-title shortlist, with March 19 chosen as the date of the winner’s announcement. The shortlist is made up entirely of books published by imprints of Penguin Random House UK.

The program has benefited from its sponsorship by the Charlotte Aitken Trust, the purses again being set at £10,000 (US$12,681) for the winner and £1,000 for each shortlisted author. In addition to the trust’s support, the program works with Waterstones as a retail partner, and with the British Council.

This award’s nearest competitor for press attention, as you’ll remember, is Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Prize, recipients of which are aged 39 or younger, with its winner’s purse of £20,000 (US$25,360).

This year’s jury chair is Johanna Thomas-Corr, and she’s joined on the panel by:

  • Anne Enright
  • Mendez
  • James McConnachie
  • Daljit Nagra
  • Catriona Ward
The 2024 Young Writer Of the Year Shortlist

Shortlisted authors in the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year are, from left, Tom Crewe (image: Jon Tonks); Michael Magee; Noreen Masud; and Momtaza Mehri (image: Ndrika Anyika)

In a comment from Thomas-Corr for the jury, she’s quoted, saying, “We have found four very different writers who are injecting real energy and vitality into the literary scene.

“What impressed me most was their attentiveness to the world around them and their commitment to telling complex and often tough truths, as well as the unique ways in which each has made space for humour in their work.

“They have all shown daring and gumption.”

This is one of the many awards programs administered by the Society of Authors, and its sponsorship by the Charlotte Aitken Trust began in 2021.

More from Publishing Perspectives on publishing and book prizes is here, more on the Young Writer Award is here, more on the Dylan Thomas Prize is here, and more from us on the United Kingdom’s market is here

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.