I love awards season and I love books, so naturally each time there’s a new bookish prize out there, I NEED to talk about it! And this one is extra special because all the books here are on my TBR!
The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize is aimed towards young writers under the age of 39 and the winner gets £30,000 as a part of the prize. Talk about encouraging youngsters into writing more!
This year’s longlist of 12 books comprises eight novels, two short story collections and two poetry collections. The nominees are:
- Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Friday Black (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US) and Riverrun (UK))
- Michael Donkor, Hold (4th Estate)
- Clare Fisher, How the Light Gets In (Influx Press)
- Zoe Gilbert, Folk (Bloomsbury Publishing)
- Emma Glass, Peach ((Bloomsbury Publishing)
- Guy Gunaratne, In Our Mad and Furious City (Tinder Press, Headline)
- Louisa Hall, Trinity (Ecco)
- Sarah Perry, Melmoth (Serpent’s Tail)
- Sally Rooney, Normal People (Faber & Faber)
- Richard Scott, Soho (Faber & Faber)
- Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, House of Stone (Atlantic Books)
- Jenny Xie, Eye Level (Graywolf Press)
The shortlist of six books will be revealed at the beginning of April and the winner will be announced on Thursday 16th May. Fun fact: This is just after International Dylan Thomas Day on 14 May!
Now if you need me, I’ll be on Amazon India, checking the prices of all these books.
Have you read any of these books? Are any of them in your TBR? Let me know in the comments!