Shadow panels are like buses… none for ages, then two come along at once.
No sooner do I begin winding up my reading for the 2016 Shadow Giller (which has been rather fab this year, I must say) than I get asked to take part in shadowing another prize — this time the rather cumbersomely (is that a word?) named The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award.
Writers under the age of 35 are eligible (dang, there goes my entry!) for the prize, which is for a full-length work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that has been published or self-published in book or ebook format. The winner gets £5,000; the three runners-up get £500 each.
There is no longlist as such, but a shortlist of four titles will be announced next Sunday, 6 November.
The shadow panel, which has been officially set up by Peters Fraser & Dunlop, will read all the shortlisted books and name our winner in advance of the real winner being announced on 9 December.
There are four other bloggers on the shadow panel — you’ll probably know most of them — so I’m in very good company. They are:
- Eric Anderson, who blogs at Lonesome Reader
- Naomi Frisby, who blogs at TheWritesofWomen
- Charlie Place, who blogs at The Worm Hole
- Simon Savidge, who blogs at Savidge Reads
To find out more about us, visit the official prize website and keep coming back here for news about the prize and reviews of everything on the shortlist. November’s shaping up to be quite an interesting reading month…