Wales Book of the Year

The Wales Book of the Year Award

The Wales Book of the Year Award, administered by Literature Wales with funding from the Arts Council of Wales, is presented to the best Welsh-language and English-language works first published in the preceding year in the fields of creative writing and literary criticism in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. The English-language Poetry Prize is known as The Roland Mathias Poetry Award.


Wales Book of the Year 2016:
Dates for your diary

Over the past twelve months, six judges have exiled themselves into small rooms, buried in books and have steadily been reading through the many volumes submitted for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2016. They are almost ready to decide on the Short List.

On the English-language judging panel this year are writer and lecturer Tony Brown, Associate Editor with The Bookseller, Caroline Sanderson and Director for Wales of the National Trust, Justin Albert. Judging the 2016 Welsh-language books are the writer Lleucu Roberts, lecturer and poet Llion Roberts, and BBC Radio 1 and Radio Cymru DJ Huw Stephens.

A Short List of nine titles in each language will be announced on Thursday 19 May at 1.00 pm followed by a Periscope live streamed interview with members of the judging panel. We will be publishing a link to the live stream on this web page, and on the Literature Wales Twitter and Facebook accounts.


People’s Choice

Following the Short List announcement, the People’s Choice vote will open. The People’s Choice Award is organised and sponsored by Wales Arts Review. Cast your vote by visiting the Wales Arts Reviewwebsite. The Welsh-language People’s Choice Award is organised and sponsored by Golwg360. 


Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony is on the move. After a wonderful two years at Galeri Caernarfon, the ceremony heads back south, and will be held at The Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil on Thursday 21 July. Literature Wales is looking forward to welcoming writers, publishers and literature lovers to this historic building for the celebratory highlight of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2016.

During the Award Ceremony, the winner of each category will receive a prize of £1,000, and the overall winner in each language will be awarded a further £3,000. Each winner will also receive a specially commissioned trophy created by the artist Angharad Pearce Jones. Literature Wales would like to thank this year’s award sponsors: The Open University in Wales; The Brecknock Society; andThe Rhys Davies Trust. 

The Wales Book of the Year Award Ceremony is open to the public. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased by contacting Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266


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