Wales Book of the Year

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The Wales Book of the Year is a Welsh literary award given annually to the best Welsh and English language works in the fields of fiction and literary criticism by Welsh or Welsh interest authors. Established in 1992, the awards are currently administered by Literature Wales, and supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the Welsh Books Council.

Competition format[edit]

The longlist of ten works in each language is published in April and the shortlist of three works in each language at the Hay Festival in May. The winners are announced in June or July. Since 2006, the winners have each received £10,000. From 2007, four runners-up (two in each language) also each receive £1000. In 2009, Media Wales sponsored a voted "People's Choice" award for the English-language works.[1]

The format was again changed in 2012, expanding the entries to three categories, fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry; with English and Welsh language winners in each field.[2]

Regarding eligibility, the competition specifically excludes self-published authors.[3] The Welsh national book award therefore differs from Ireland’s national book award, since the latter does not preclude self-published titles from being nominated.[4]


English language[edit]

Book of the Year

Creative Non-fiction

Roland Mathias Poetry Award

Welsh language[edit]


Creative non-fiction

  • 2016: Gruffydd Aled Williams Dyddiau Olaf Owain Glyndŵr (Y Lolfa)[5]
  • 2014: Alan Llwyd Bob: Cofiant R. Williams Parry 1884 – 1956 (Gomer)
  • 2012: Allan James John Morris-Jones[10]

Roland Mathias Poetry Award


  1. ^ Academi: Wales Book of the Year Longlists Announced (accessed 23 April 2009)
  2. ^ "Shortlist for Wales Book of the Year 2012 unveiled". BBC News. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Eligibility Criteria". Literature Wales. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "General Eligibility Guidelines". Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Wales Book of the Year 2016: A hat-trick for Thomas Morris' debut collection". Literature Wales. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Patrick McGuinness wins second Welsh Book of the Year award". BBC News. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Wales Book of the Year: Rhian Edwards' Clueless Dogs wins hat-trick". BBC News. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "The Last Hundred Days is Wales Book of the Year in English language". BBC News. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Academi: Wales Book of the Year: Past Winners and Judges (Welsh language)
  10. ^ a b Price, Karen (12 July 2012). "Patrick McGuinness named winner of Wales Book of the Year Award 2012". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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