The Wales Book of the Year Award, administered by Literature 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.

Wales Book of the Year Awards 2017

Dates for your diary

The Wales Book of the Year Short List 2017 will be announced on Tuesday 10 October 2017.

The Short List comprises of three books in each of the following categories in both Welsh and English: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

The English-language poetry category, sponsored by The Brecknock Society is entitled The Roland Mathias Poetry Award. The English-language fiction category is sponsored by The Rhys Davies Trust, and is entitled The Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award.


The winners of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017 will be announced at an Award Ceremony on Monday 13 November 2017 at Tramshed, Cardiff.

There are ten awards in total with a collective prize fund of £12,000. In both Welsh and English there are three category winners, one People’s Choice winner and one overall winner. 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.



The Welsh language judging panel for Wales Book of the Year 2017 are: critic and reviewer, Catrin Beard; author and poet, Mari George; and Eirian James, owner of the independent bookshop, Palas Print in Caernarfon. The judges for the English language award are: author Tyler Keevil; academic Dimitra Fimi and award-winning poet Jonathan Edwards.

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