Paul Torday published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen aged 60. The family have decided to set up this new prize in Torday’s honour, celebrating first novels by authors aged 60 or over.

The novel must have been first published in the UK and Republic of Ireland
The novel must be a full-length work by a living author.
The book must be in the English language and cannot be a translated work.
The novel must be the author’s first published full-length fiction work, but they can have had works published of other lengths or other genres in the past.
The author(s) must be aged 60 or over at the date of first print publication of the novel and living at the date of submission. In the event that the author is shortlisted, they will be asked to provide proof of age.
There are no residence or nationality restrictions.
We cannot accept books that are only available in e-format or that are self-published or where the author has contributed or paid for the costs of publishing.
Submissions must be made by the print publisher.


Submission Info

Prize Info

  • First Prize: £3000 with a set of Paul Torday’s collected works.

  • Additional Information: Runners-up will receive £1,000 and one specially selected Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate

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