Wales Book of the Year
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 Assembly Government and the Welsh Books Council.
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.
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.
Regarding eligibility, the competition specifically excludes self-published authors. 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.
Book of the Year
- 2015: Patrick McGuinness Other People's Countries (Jonathan Cape)
- 2014: Francesca Rhydderch The Rice Paper Diaries
- 2013: Rhian Edwards Clueless Dogs
- 2012: Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days (Seren)
- 2011: John Harrison Cloud Road (Parthian)
- 2010: Philip Gross I Spy Pinhole Eye (Cinnamon Press)
- 2009: Deborah Kay Davies Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful (Parthian Books)
- 2008: Dannie Abse The Presence (Hutchinson)
- 2007: Lloyd Jones Mr Cassini (Seren)
- 2006: Robert Minhinnick To Babel and Back (Seren)
- 2005: Owen Sheers The Dust Diaries (Faber and Faber)
- 2004: Niall Griffiths Stump (Jonathan Cape)
- 2003: Charlotte Williams Sugar and Slate (Planet)
- 2002: Stevie Davies The Element of Water (The Women’s Press)
- 2001: Stephen Knight Mr Schnitzel (Viking)
- 2000: Sheenagh Pugh Stonelight (Seren)
- 1999: Emyr Humphreys The Gift of a Daughter (Seren)
- 1998: Mike Jenkins Wanting to Belong (Seren)
- 1997: Siân James Not Singing Exactly (Honno)
- 1996: Nigel Jenkins Gwalia in Khasia (Gomer)
- 1995: Duncan Bush Masks (Seren)
- 1994: Paul Ferris Caitlin: The Life of Caitlin Thomas (Hutchinson)
- 1993: Robert Minhinnick Watching the Fire Eater (Seren)
- 1992: Emyr Humphreys Bonds of Attachment (Macdonald/Sphere)
- 2014: Meic Stephens Rhys Davies: A Writer's Life
- 2012: Richard Gwyn The Vagabond's Breakfast (Alcemi)
Roland Mathias Poetry Award
- 2015 Tiffany Atkinson - So Many Moving Parts (Bloodaxe Books)
- 2014 Owen Sheers - Pink Mist (Faber & Faber)
- 2012 Gwyneth Lewis - Sparrow Tree (Bloodaxe Books)
- 2015: Gareth F. Williams Awst yn Anogia (Gwasg Gwynedd)
- 2014: Ioan Kidd Dewis (Gomer)
- 2013: Heini Gruffudd, Yr Erlid 
- 2012: Jon Gower, Y Storiwr (Gomer)
- 2011: Ned Thomas, Bydoedd (Y Lolfa)
- 2010: John Davies, Cymru: Y 100 lle i'w gweld cyn marw (Y Lolfa)
- 2009: Wiliam Owen Roberts Petrograd (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
- 2008: Gareth Miles Y Proffwyd a'l Ddwy Jesebel (Hutchinson)
- 2007: Llwyd Owen Ffydd Gobaith Cariad (Y Lolfa)
- 2006: Rhys Evans Gwynfor: Rhag Pob Brad (Y Lolfa)
- 2005: Caryl Lewis Martha, Jac a Sianco (Y Lolfa)
- 2004: Jerry Hunter Llwch Cenhedloedd (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)
- 2003: Angharad Price O! Tyn y Gorchudd (Gomer)
- 2002: Grahame Davies Cadwyni Rhyddid (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
- 2001: Owen Martell Cadw dy ffydd, brawd (Gomer)
- 2000: Gwyneth Lewis Y Llofrudd Iaith (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
- 1999: R. M. Jones Ysbryd y Cwlwm: Delwedd y Genedl yn ein Llenyddiaeth (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru)
- 1998: Iwan Llwyd Dan Ddylanwad (Gwasg Tâf)
- 1997: Gerwyn Wiliams Tir Neb: Rhyddiaith Gymraeg a’r Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru)
- 1996: Sonia Edwards Glöynnod (Gwasg Gwynedd)
- 1995: Aled Islwyn Unigolion, Unigeddau (Gomer)
- 1994: T. Robin Chapman W.J. Gruffydd (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru)
- 1993: Robin Llywelyn Seren Wen ar Gefndir Gwyn (Gomer)
- 1992: Gerallt Lloyd Owen Cilmeri (Gwasg Gwynedd)
- 2014: Alan Llwyd Bob: Cofiant R. Williams Parry 1884 – 1956 (Gomer).
- 2012: Allan James John Morris-Jones
Roland Mathias Poetry Award
- 2014: Christine James Rhwng y Llinellau (Cyhoeddiadau Barddas)
- 2012: Karen Owen Siarad Trwy’i Het
- Academi: Wales Book of the Year Longlists Announced (accessed 23 April 2009)
- "Shortlist for Wales Book of the Year 2012 unveiled". BBC News. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- "Eligibility Criteria". Literature Wales. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- "General Eligibility Guidelines". Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- "Patrick McGuinness wins second Welsh Book of the Year award". BBC News. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
- "Wales Book of the Year: Rhian Edwards' Clueless Dogs wins hat-trick". BBC News. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "The Last Hundred Days is Wales Book of the Year in English language". BBC News. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- Academi: Wales Book of the Year: Past Winners and Judges (Welsh language)
- Price, Karen (12 July 2012). "Patrick McGuinness named winner of Wales Book of the Year Award 2012". walesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 13 July 2012.