The shortlist for the Dylan Thomas prize for young writers is revealed


The winners will receive a prize of £30, ooo. The Dylan Thomas prized is back by The Swansea University and  will go to the best published literary work in English, written by an author aged 39 or under.

You can find out more about the prize here.

“The shortlisted writers are:

  • Claire-Louise Bennett (Wiltshire), Pond – a debut collection of 20 short stories featuring the same female character.
  • Tania James (Washington, USA), The Tusk that Did the Damage – set in India, where she once lived, a novel told through the voice of an elephant, a poacher and a film-maker.
  • Frances Leviston (Edinburgh), Disinformation – poet following up her award-winning debut collection.
  • Andrew McMillan (Manchester), Physical – the son of poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, published his debut collection last year and is a lecturer in creative writing in Liverpool and co-founder of the literary magazine Cake.
  • Max Porter (London), Grief is the Thing with Feathers – works in publishing, a novella about a family’s loss of their mother.
  • Sunjeev Sahota (Sheffield), The Year of the Runaways – Indian migrant workers living in Sheffield, shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

A set of short stories set in Caerphilly by locally-born writer Thomas Morris was on the long list but did not make the final cut.

The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony at Swansea University, which sponsors the prize, on International Dylan Thomas Day, 14 May.”

You can watch last years authors reading their work below.


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