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 three categories in each language – Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-fiction, with one of the three 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.

There are two key dates for Wales Book of the Year – the shortlist announcement in early May, and the Award Ceremony which, for 2019, will be held at the newly refurbished Theatr y Werin at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday 20 June 2019.


Books are entered by publishers (including self-published writers). Please find the eligibility criteria and the closing date for submission here.


Announcing the Wales Book of the Year 2019 Judges

Literature Wales is pleased to announce this year’s judging panel. The English language judges are Sandeep Parmar, poet and Professor of English Literature at Liverpool University, Louise Holmwood Marshall, Head of the English and Creative Writing Department of Aberystwyth University and novelist and Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London Russell Celyn Jones.

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The 2019 Wales Book of the Year Award Ceremony to be held in Aberystwyth

After a number of successful years held at Galeri Caernarfon, The Redhouse in Merthyr Tydfil and Tramshed in Cardiff, the Wales Book of the Year Award Ceremony has found a new home for 2019, and Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the 2019 Award Ceremony will be hosted by Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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