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

The Shortlist

Click here to see the list of 12 books nominated for this year’s English-language Awards.

The Shortlist was announced on BBC Radio Wales’ Gareth Lewis programme on 1 July 2020.


Have your Say

The Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Award vote is now open! Head over to the website to cast your vote:


Key dates:

Announcing the Winners:

The winners will be announced on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show on Friday 31 July from 6.00 pm, where representatives from the judging panel, Literature Wales, and literary pundits will join presenter Nicola Heywood Thomas for this highlight in the Welsh literary calendar. The Welsh-language winners will be announced in a series of programmes on BBC Radio Cymru from 30 July – 1 August as part of the AmGen festival of culture, in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

  • Welsh-language category winners – Poetry and Creative Non-fiction
    7.00pm, 30 July
    BBC Radio Cymru
  • Welsh-language category winners – Children & Young People and Fiction
    1.00pm, 31 July
    BBC Radio Cymru
  • English-language category winners, Wales Arts Review People’s Choice winner and Main Award Winner
    6.00pm, 31 July
    BBC Radio Wales
  • Golwg360 Barn y Bobl winner and Main Welsh-language Award Winner
    1.00pm, 1 August
    BBC Radio Cymru


Judging Panel:

Judging the English-language books this year are author and illustrator Ken Wilson-Max; 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.

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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