The Wales Book of the Year Award is an annual prize celebrating outstanding literary talent from Wales across many genres and in both English and Welsh.

There are four categories in each language – Poetry, FictionCreative Non-fiction and Children & Young People, with one of the four category winners announced as the overall Award Winner at a glittering award ceremony each summer.

Wales Book of the Year has been run by Literature Wales since 2004, during which time some of Wales’ most renowned writers have been celebrated alongside brilliant new talents. Click here for information on past winners and shortlisted writers.

Books are entered by publishers (including self-published writers). 

2020 Award

Judging Panel:

Judging the English-language books this year are author and illustrator Ken Wilson-Max; Western Mail’s Chief Reporter Martin Shipton; author, teacher and translator Sampurna Chattarji; and Fulbright Scholar, Senior Lecturer and Hay Festival fellow, Tiffany Murray.

On the Welsh-language panel this year are Journalist and Former-editor of BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Cymru Fyw, Betsan Powys; cartoonist, author and presenter Siôn Tomos Owen; Award-Winning Poet and Head of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University, Emyr Lewis; and Singer-Songwriter Casi Wyn.

Further information about all this year’s judges can be found here.

Key dates:

Wednesday 1 July 2020:

  • 2020 Shortlist Announcement
  • People’s Choice Awards open on the Wales Arts Review and Golwg360 websites.

August 2020

  • Keep an eye on the Literature Wales website for developments and announcements. Further dates will be announced soon.

Thursday 10 June 2021

  • 2021 Wales Book of the Year Awards Ceremony, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Partners and Sponsors

Click here to read more about all the Wales Book of the Year Award’s partners and sponsors.


Previous Awards

Ailbhe Darcy was the Overall Winner of Wales Book of the Year 2019 with her collection of poems, Insistence. The overall Welsh-language winner was Manon Steffan Ros with her novel Llyfr Glas Nebo.

You can find further information about the previous award winners, as well as the books shortlisted over the years in our Previous Awards section.

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