Edward Stanford Ltd announced today that it will relaunch the Dolman Travel Book Award and double the prize fund to £5,000.
The renamed Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, in association with the Authors' Club, will become the centrepiece of the newly created Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, which will also feature the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing.
Tony Maher, Managing Director of Edward Stanford Ltd, said “Since 1853, Stanfords has encouraged it’s 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.”
Maher added “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. This year we are also introducing the Edward Stanford Award which will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to travel writing over the years”
Reverend Dr Bill Dolman, who has been the prize’s sponsor since 2006, said “I started the prize after the demise of the Thomas Cook Award, under the aegis of the Authors’ Club. I was thrilled to hear that Stanfords wanted to help carry it into the future.”
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 a hundred and fifty 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. Also, I am thrilled to announce that for 2015, we have assembled a superlative judging panel which includes some of the country’s finest travel writers, including 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 this year’s prize will be announced at a party at Stanfords Long Acre on 25th June and the overall winner on 29th September.
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About Edward Stanford Ltd
Edward Stanford Limited was founded in 1853 by Edward Stanford in Charing Cross Road in London. In 1901 the Company moved to its current flagship location in Long Acre, Covent Garden. Famed throughout the World as a publisher of maps, Stanfords expanded into retail following the move to Covent Garden. To this day Stanfords stocks the largest range of maps in the World as well as travel guides, the World’s largest selection of globes and other travel related product. It has a further shop in Bristol, a website and a specialist Business Mapping Service based in Manchester. Edward Stanford Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Edward Stanford Group Limited.
About the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
Launched in 2015, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards seek to celebrate the best travel writing, and travel writers, in the world. In its first year it consists of the relaunched Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing. The category list will be expanded in future years to cover other areas of print and online travel writing.
About the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year
In 2006, the Rev. Dr. William Dolman and the Authors’ Club set up the Dolman Travel Book Award. Last year’s winner was Sylvain Tesson’s Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga. Edward Stanford Limited agreed to sponsor the Dolman Travel Book Award in 2015, renaming it the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, doubling the prize fund to £5k and adding it as a category within the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.
About the Authors’ Club
Founded by the novelist and critic Walter Besant in 1891 as a place where writers could meet and talk, the Authors’ Club also welcomes publishers, editors, agents, journalists, academics and anyone professionally involved with literature. Early members included Oscar Wilde, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, JM Barrie, Jerome K Jerome, Ford Madox Ford, HG Wells, Compton Mackenzie, Thornton Wilder and Graham Greene, while guest speakers included Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Bram Stoker, TS Eliot and Clement Attlee.