Wales Book of the Year Award 2020

Published Tue 29 Oct 2019

Announcing a New Children & Young People’s Category and the 2020 Ceremony Location

We are delighted to announce the inclusion of a new category to the annual Wales Book of the Year Awards. The introduction of a category for books written for Children and Young People will encourage a new generation of creative readers and writers and will help raise the profile of Wales and its talented authors.

We believe that getting children and young people involved in literature, to identify with the content they read and fall in love with words and stories, can have a lasting positive effect as they grow into adulthood. We will engage with Wales’ children and young people to ensure their voices and opinions are heard, as they will have the opportunity to cast a vote in the Children and Young People’s Choice Award.

Lleucu Siencyn, CEO of Literature Wales, said: “Through the development of our new Strategic Plan and sector and partner consultation it became apparent that our stakeholders were eager to see writing for children and young people represented at Wales’ biggest annual literary celebration. We wholeheartedly agree, and this important addition clearly establishes that literature for children is on a par with that which is intended for adult readership.”

The Children and Young People’s category will join the three other longstanding categories – Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction – in both Welsh and English, with one of the four category winners announced as the overall Award Winner at an award ceremony next summer. Submissions for the Children and Young People’s category will be intended for readership up to 16 years of age, and fiction, poetry and literary non-fiction are all eligible. You can view the eligibility criteria for each category here.

Following a successful event at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2019, we are pleased to confirm that the 2020 Wales Book of the Year Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday 25 of June 2020 and will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Theatr y Werin for a second year running.

Dafydd Rhys, Director of Aberystwyth Arts Centre said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Wales Book of the Year Awards here at Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the second year running. Aberystwyth is without doubt the ‘spiritual home’ of Welsh literature and we are so looking forward to celebrating Welsh writing at its finest.”

Key Dates for 2020

The Wales Book of the Year Short List will be announced on Tuesday 12 May 2020, and the Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday 25 June 2020. The names of the judging panel will be released during March 2020. For more information about Wales Book of the Year Award, please click here.