Final Call for Entries for the World’s Most Valuable Literary Sports-Writing Prize

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Authors and publishers are being urged to enter their sports book into the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2022. Entries for the world’s most valuable literary sports-writing prize, will close on 19th August 2022.

The first William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award took place in 1989, earning it the title of the longest-established competition in the industry, and since launching, has attracted thousands of authors and publishers including Nick Hornby, Marcus Trescothick and Brian Moore, as well as last year’s winner Michael Holding and three-time winner Duncan Hamilton.

Now in its 34th year, the award is dedicated to rewarding excellence in sports writing and providing authors and publishers a platform to showcase and promote their book.

Following a rigorous judging process from a panel of journalists, authors, sportspeople and industry leaders, the longlist will be announced in September 2022, and the judges will select the shortlist late October 2022. The overall winner will be declared on 1st December 2022 at an official award ceremony at BAFTA, London.

The Award has a £30,000 cash prize for the winner and the shortlisted authors will each receive £3,000 and a leather-bound copy of their book.

Book review panelist and renowned sports broadcaster, Matt Williams said: “It’s an enormous privilege to be involved in the selection process for this prestigious award. I’m a passionate advocate for excellent sport writing and I can tell you the standard this year is the highest ever. I’m also delighted by the variety of voices who are entering this year.

“With less than three weeks left to enter, we urge any author or publisher who has launched their sports book between 2nd September 2021 and 1st September 2022 to consider entering this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and be in with the chance of being crowned our 2022 winner and receive the recognition they deserve.”

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