2023 Prize open for submissions

Joanne Harris (left) and Lemn Sissay (right) with 2022 Paul Torday Memorial Prize winner Jane Fraser at Southwark Cathedral (photograph © Adrian Pope)

Paul Torday published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen aged 60. After his death in 2013, the family o set up this new prize in Torday’s honour, celebrating first novels by authors aged 60 or over.

The winner will receive – from 2023 on, an increased prize of £3,000, with a set of Paul Torday’s collected works. Runners-up will now receive £1,000 and one specially selected Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate. The prize is indebted to W & N Fiction for providing these books by Paul Torday, and to Hawthornden Literary Retreat for their generous support of the prize.

The deadline for submissions is 30th November 2022.

For entry criteria and how to submit, please visit the prize page at Society of Authors.