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 twelve awards in total with a collective prize fund of £14,000. In both Welsh and English there are four category winners, one People’s Choice winner and one overall winner.

There are four categories in each language – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Children & Young People, with one of the four category winners announced as the Overall Winner, and claims the title Wales Book of the Year 2021.

The Wales Book of the Year Awards play an essential part in Literature Wales’ programme of activity and contributes to its strategic aim of celebrating and representing Wales’ writers, its heritage and rich literary culture. The prize offers an invaluable platform to both emerging and established writers.



Catrin Kean is the Overall Winner of Wales Book of the Year 2021 with her novel, Salt (Gwasg Gomer). The overall Welsh-language winner was Megan Angharad Hunter with her novel tu ôl i’r awyr (Y Lolfa).


Previous Awards

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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