International Dylan Thomas Prize Now Open

Launched in 2006, the annual Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers, aimed at encouraging creative talent around the world. Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in Wales and was a successful poet in the UK and overseas.

The prize is awarded to the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged between 18 and 39. It is awarded to a single author who has been judged to have written the best commercially published original volume of English language poetry, collection of short fictional stories, fictional novel or novella, radio script or screen play.

Entries must be submitted by international and UK publishers on behalf of eligible authors. Entry is open to all authors of any nationality aged between 18 and 39. A book by a single author must be commercially published for the first time in the English language between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.

The main prize winner will receive £30,000 and each finalist will receive £500. The publisher/producer of shortlisted entries is required to pay a fee to the event organiser for promotional purposes (£2,500 for prose entries and £500 for poetry and drama entries). Publishers should also agree to meet the author’s travelling and subsistence costs in respect of the award ceremony, however, an upper limit of £750 towards travel costs for this will be met by the event organiser.

Entries must be submitted by the deadline of 8 November 2019.

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