Dylan Thomas Prize

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The Dylan Thomas Prize is a leading prize for young writers presented annually. The prize, named in honour of the Welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas, brings international prestige and a remuneration of £30,000 (~$46,000). It is open to published writers in the English language under the age of forty. The prize was originally awarded bi-annually, but became an annual award in 2010.[1] Entries for the prize are submitted by the publisher, editor, or agent; for theatre plays and screenplays, by the producer.

A Dylan Thomas literary prize was first awarded during the 1980s, known as the Dylan Thomas Award, following the campaign to have a plaque in the poet's memory placed in Westminster Abbey.[2] Surplus income from a fund-raising concert sponsored by the television company HTV were donated to allow a prize of £1000 to be awarded annually.[2] After several years, the prize was discontinued for lack of finance. It was revived, in a different form, in 2004, sponsored by Electronic Data Systems, at that time one of Swansea's largest employers.[3]

The Prize honours its shortlist finalists and annual winner for published work in the broad range of literary forms in which Dylan Thomas excelled, including poetry, prose, fictional drama, short story collections, novels, novellas, stage plays and screenplays. “We want the world to be aware of the Welsh interest in promoting new writing. Our Prize provides an inspiration for a whole new generation of writers throughout the English-speaking world,” said Peter Stead, Chair of The Dylan Thomas Prize.



  • Guy Gunaratne, In Our Mad and Furious City (Tinder Press, Headline)


  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Friday Black (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in US and Riverrun in UK)
  • Zoe Gilbert, Folk (Bloomsbury)


  • Clare Fisher, How the Light Gets In (Influx Press)
  • Emma Glass, Peach (Bloomsbury)
  • Richard Scott, Soho (Faber & Faber)



  • Kayo Chingonyi, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus)





  • Anuk Arudpragasm, The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta)
  • Alys Conran,Pigeon (Parthian)
  • Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (Alfred A Knopf)
  • Benjamin Hale, The Fat Artist and Other Stories (Picador)
  • Luke Kennard, Cain (Penned in the Margins)
  • Hannah Kohler, The Outside Lands (Picador)
  • Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours (Picador)
  • Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent (Serpent's Tail)
  • Safiya Sinclair, Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Callan Wink, Dog Run Moon: Stories (Granta)



  • Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers
























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  2. ^ a b About Archived 2012-04-12 at the Wayback Machine, The Dylan Prize website
  3. ^ New Writing International[permanent dead link], 22 Sept 2006
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  9. ^ "Longlist announced for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize", Swansea University.
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  11. ^ Wroe, Nicholas (7 November 2014). "Joshua Ferris wins Dylan Thomas prize". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  12. ^ "2014 shortlist announced for International Dylan Thomas Prize", Swansea University.
  13. ^ a b "Dylan Thomas Prize: US writer Claire Vaye Watkins wins £30,000". BBC News. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
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  15. ^ "Top 5 Under 30: Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist Highlights the Rising Stars of the Literary World" (PDF) (Press release). The University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. October 19, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Lucy Caldwell wins 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize" (PDF). The University of Wales. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Dylan Thomas Prize 2011 shortlist is announced". BBC News. October 20, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  18. ^ "US poet wins £30,000 Dylan Thomas prize". BBC News. December 1, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  19. ^ Flood, Alison (September 22, 2012). "Women dominate Dylan Thomas prize shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  20. ^ Lea, Richard (November 11, 2008). "£60,000 Dylan Thomas prize goes to globetrotting debut author". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  21. ^ Flood, Alison (September 16, 2008). "Young literary stars contend for £60,000 award". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  22. ^ Ezard, John (October 28, 2006). "Welsh novelist is first winner of £60,000 Dylan Thomas award". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  23. ^ Jury, Louise (September 23, 2006). "Young writers come of age on shortlist for Thomas prize". The Independent. Retrieved November 11, 2012.

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