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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.

 

2021 Award

Following the success of the 2020 awards, we are pleased to be collaborating with BBC Cymru Wales once again on the main announcements which will take place on BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales.

The English-language Shortlist Announcement will take place on BBC Radio Wales on Friday 2 July 2021 at 6.30 pm, with the Welsh-language Shortlist announced on BBC Radio Cymru at 9.00 pm on Monday 28 June.

Announcing the Winners:
  • English-language category winners, Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Winner and Overall Award Winner
    6.00 – 7.00 pm, 31 July
    BBC Radio Wales
  • Welsh-language category winners
    6.00 pm, 2 August
    BBC Radio Cymru
  • Welsh-language category winners
    6.00 pm, 3 August
    BBC Radio Cymru
  • Golwg360 Barn y Bobl Winner and Overall Welsh-language Award Winner
    6.00 pm, 4 August
    BBC Radio Cymru

Previous Awards

Niall Griffiths was the Overall Winner of Wales Book of the Year 2020 with his novel, Broken Ghost. The overall Welsh-language winner was Ifan Morgan Jones with his novel Babel.

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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