Last year I was lucky enough to be asked to shadow judge the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award along with Amanda, Lizzi, Paul and Lucy. It was such an enjoyable experience, both reading the shortlisted titles – all very different, all more than worthy of the award – and meeting other bloggers plus, of course, the authors. This year another five bloggers will be taking a turn and I hope their experience is as rewarding as ours. Announced yesterday, this year’s shortlist looks just as enticing, made up of two novels, one short story collection and one book of poetry. Here they are:
The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
Salt Slow by Julia Armfield
Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler
Testament by Kim Sherwood
It’ll be a tough choice for both the sets of judges, I suspect. If you’d like to keep up with what the shadow judges are up to you can follow their posts via the links below or on Twitter using #YoungWriterAwardShadow.
Anne Cater at Random Things Through My Letter Box
David Harris at Blue Book Balloon
Linda Hill at Linda’s Book Bag
Clare Reynolds at Years of Reading Selfishly
Phoebe Williams at The Brixton Bookworm
The shadow judges will annouce their winner on 28th November followed by the judges a week later. The prize will be awarded at the London Library on Thursday, December 6th. Good luck to all and have fun!