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.