Stanfords is relaunching the Dolman Travel Book of the Year prize, doubling its prize money, and creating a new award for travel writing.
From 2015, the renamed Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year award will carry a prize fund of £5,000. The revamped awards will also include the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing, and Stanfords said that in future years the awards will expand to include other areas of print and online travel writing.
Originally The Thomas Cook Awards, Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year prize was founded in 1980 and ran until 2004. In 2006 it was taken on by Reverend Dr Bill Dolman, who has been the prize’s sponsor since, and became the Dolman Travel Book Award.
Tony Maher, m.d. of Edward Stanford Ltd, said: “Since 1853, Stanfords has encouraged its customers to explore new lands and cultures - both in person and through inspirational travel writing like that of previous Thomas Cook and Dolman Award winners Paul Theroux, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Sylvain Tesson, Robert Macfarlane and Kathleen Jamie. We are therefore delighted to join with Bill Dolman and the Authors’ Club to bring the world’s best travel writing to a wider audience through the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year.
“The Stanford Dolman becomes part of the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, which we plan to grow in future years to recognise excellence and innovation in a wide range of publishing and reportage.”
Barnaby Rogerson, chairman of the award, who will continue as the prize’s administrator, said: “The Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year is open to writers from across the globe – and rightly so as the genre embraces the world’s myriad cultures. Stanfords, with its long established tradition in travel reaching back over 150 years, respects the integrity of the award as a prize judged by writers for writers. At the same time, I also would like to pay tribute to Bill Dolman and the Authors Club; without their generous support, there would have been no continuity with the original Thomas Cook Award.”
Judges for the 2015 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year award include writers Sara Wheeler, Robert Macfarlane, Oliver Bullough, Jason Goodwin, Katie Hickman and Jeremy Seal.
Submissions for this year’s Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year close on 28th February. The shortlist for the prize will be announced at a party at Stanfords Long Acre on 25th June and the overall winner on 29th September.