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The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award at the Society of Authors

  • British
  • since 1991
  • annual
  • awarded to a British author under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry
  • entry by publisher
  • £5,000
  • related prizes (Society of Authors): The Cholmondeley Awards (totalling £8,000 are awarded annually to honour distinguished poets), The Olive Cook and Tom-Gallon Awards (both prizes of £1,000 for a short story, biennially, in alternate years), The Encore Award (of £10,000 for the best published second novel of the year, entry by the publisher), The Eric Gregory Awards (totalling £24,000 each year, awarded to British poets under the age of 30 on the basis of a submitted collection, published and unpublished collections), The Richard Imison Award (of £1,500 is an annual award for the best dramatic work broadcast on radio, entry by the producer), The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography (of £3,000 for the best published historical biography of the year, no unsolicited submissions accepted), The Somerset Maugham Award (totalling £12,000 each year are awarded to British authors under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, entry by the publisher), The McKitterick Prize (of £4,000 is awarded for a first novel by an author over the age of 40, published and unpublished novels), The The Betty Trask Prize and Awards (totalling £25,000 are awarded to authors under the age of 35 for a first novel, published or unpublished), The Travelling Scholarships (honorary awards made annually to British writers, submissions not accepted)


The winner of the The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2007 award, which is administered by the Society of Authors, was announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on Sunday 25th March.


  • Naomi Alderman, Disobedience (2006) (Viking) - £5,000 prize


  • Horatio Clare, Running to the Hills (2006) (John Murray)
  • Occupational Hazards by Rory Stewart (Picador)
  • Donne: The Reformed Soul by John Stubbs (Viking)


  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000) (Hamish Hamilton)


Sarah Waters Affinity (Little, Brown)


Paul Farley The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (Picador Macmillan)


Patrick French Liberty or Death (HarperCollins)


Francis Spufford I May Be Some Time (Faber & Faber)


Katherine Pierpoint Truffle Beds(Faber & Faber)


Andrew Cowan Pig (Michael Joseph Penguin)


William Dalrymple City of Djinns (HarperCollins)


Simon Armitage Xanadu (Bloodaxe) Kid (Faber & Faber)


Caryl Phillips Cambridge (Bloomsbury)


Helen Simpson Four Bare Legs in a Bed (Heinemann)