I'm sure some of you will have some good suggestions for this- the Royal Society of Literature is looking for 40 writers under 40 to make into new Fellows:
In 2018, a group of 40 authors aged under 40 will be made Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature. Unprecedented in the RSL’s 197-year-history, the initiative will honour the achievements of Britain’s younger writers, and bring different perspectives into the Society’s existing Fellowship of over 500.
For the first time, too, the RSL is inviting recommendations from outside the Society.
Publishers, agents, literary and cultural organisations are encouraged to put forward names of writers under 40 for consideration. To be eligible, a writer must have published two works of outstanding literary merit, or equivalent, in any literary form. The recommendations will be assessed by a panel of RSL Fellows chaired by Man Booker Prize longlisted novelist Kamila Shamsie.
Recommendation of new Fellows
We are seeking recommendations for writers, under the age of 40, of diverse literary forms, including writers of drama, fiction, graphic fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screenplays. Those who wish to recommend a writer for Fellowship as part of the 40 Under 40 project should complete the recommendation form available from https://rsliterature.org/40-under-40/
To be considered for Fellowship a writer must:
• have had published in the United Kingdom at least two substantial works (or a sufficient body of other work) in the English language considered by the nominating panel and Council to be of outstanding literary merit
• be under the age of 40 at 30 June 2018
• be a citizen of or resident in United Kingdom at the time of recommendation
Closing date for recommendations is Saturday 30 September 2017