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 winner will receive £3,000, with a set of Paul Torday’s collected works. Runners-up will receive £1,000 and one specially selected Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate. The prize is indebted to W & N Fiction for generously providing these books by Paul Torday.
The 2023 Prize is now closed for submissions. The shortlist will be announced in Spring 2023.
2022 Paul Torday Prize winner
Winner: Jane Fraser for Advent (Honno: Welsh Women’s Press)
Runner-up: Michael Mallon for The Disciple (Zuleika)
- Anthony English for Death of a Coast Watcher (Monsoon Books)
- Yvonne Bailey-Smith for The Day I Fell Off My Island (Myriad Editions)
- John Fletcher for Wuhan (Head of Zeus)