The Royal Society of Literature is to welcome a new generation of writers under 40 to become Fellows, and is inviting recommendations from outside of the society to select them.
In 2018, a group of 40 authors aged under 40 will be made Fellows of the RSL in an initative intended to honour the achievements of Britain’s younger writers, and “bring different perspectives” into the Society’s existing Fellowship of over 500.
For the first time in its history, the RSL is inviting recommendations from outside the Society. Publishers, agents, and literary and cultural organisations are encouraged to put forward names of writers under 40 for consideration.
To be eligible the writer must have published two works of “outstanding” literary merit in any literary form. The recommendations will be assessed by a panel pf RSL Fellows chaired by Man Booker Prize longlisted novelist Kamila Shamsie.
Shamsie said: “As someone who became an RSL Fellow a couple of years shy of my 40th birthday, I know what a boost the Fellowship affords younger writers. There is nothing quite like being recognised by other writers and asked to join their ranks. On the other side of the equation, finding a group of younger writers of quality is an exciting part of the growth and renewed vigour of the RSL.”
Those who wish to recommend a writer should complete the recommendation form available from the RSL website. The closing date for recommendations is 30th September 2017.
The selected 40 writers will be elected by the RSL Council. The 40 Under 40 Fellows will be announced at a special event in Spring 2018 where they will sign the Society’s historic Roll Book with T S Eliot’s or Bryon’s pen.