The Fifth Year of the Prize
The shortlists of the New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 were revealed last night to an enthusiastic audience at the Bookshop in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This year entries were accepted in two categories: the Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella (in association with Aberystwyth University) and the Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting.
The competition was created in 2015 to advocate the best short-form writing in the English language. Three women writers from Wales appear on this year’s shortlist: Rosey Brown, JL George and Rhiannon Lewis – all of them presenting dystopian novellas.
The shortlisted and highly commended writers are listed below in alphabetical order by the author’s last name:
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY PRIZE FOR A DYSTOPIAN NOVELLA
Rosey Brown (Cardiff, Wales) – Adrift
JL George (Pontypool, Wales) – The Word
Rhiannon Lewis (Abergavenny, Wales) – The Significance of Swans
Dewi Heald (Llantwit Major, Wales) – Me, I’m Like Legend, I Am
Thomas Pitts (Newbury, England) – The Chosen
Heledd Williams (China) – Water, Water, Nowhere…
RHEIDOL PRIZE FOR WRITING WITH A WELSH THEME OR SETTING
Peter Goulding (Thetford, England) – On Slate (Non-fiction)
Richard John Parfitt (Penarth, Wales) – Tales from the Riverbank (Non-fiction)
Sarah Tanburn (Penarth, Wales) – Hawks of Dust and Wine (Fiction)
Marilyn Barlow (New Quay, Wales) – The Smallholding I Knew (Non-fiction)
Mark Blayney (Cardiff, Wales) – The Devil Next Door (Fiction)
Elizabeth Griffiths (Lincolnshire, England) – Closing the Gap (Non-fiction)
The Awards were judged by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies (with assistance from students at Aberystwyth University’s Department of English and Creative Writing) – she was joined by co-judge Cynan Jones for the Rheidol Prize. The winners in each category will be announced on Friday 24th May at the Summer House in the Hay Festival.
The Awards are open to all writers based in the UK and Ireland plus those who live overseas who have been educated in Wales.