Stanford Dolman judges have 65 books to whittle down

The judges for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year award, led by the writer Sara Wheeler, have about 65 books to consider with a view to drawing up a short list by January 10.

The prize, named for the Rev William Dolman, a member of the Authors’ Club, who had been sponsoring it through the club since 2006, was rebranded last year and its value doubled to £5,000. It is now the centre piece of a new scheme run by Stanfords bookshop, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, which has prizes in 10 categories: for books in various byways of travel (fiction, food, children’s travel books) and for new and career contributions to travel writing. Submissions close today for a prize for blog of the year, and on January 2 for the Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year award. The winners of all the prizes, including the Stanford Dolman award, will be announced on February 2 at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival at the Destinations show in London.

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