NEW WELSH WRITING AWARDS 2017 #newwelshawards
The New Welsh Writing Awards 2017, run by New Welsh Review in association with Aberystwyth University and AmeriCymru has two new categories, the Aberystwyth University Prize for Memoir and AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella.
Now in its third year, the Awards were set up to champion the best short-form writing in English and has previously run non-fiction categories with the WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature, won by Eluned Gramich in 2015 and the University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing, won by Mandy Sutter in June 2016.
New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies is judging both categories with the help of students from Aberystwyth University. The Novella Prize shortlist is co-judged by Welsh-American writer David Lloyd. David is the author of nine books including poetry collections and novels, and directs the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.
Each category winner will receive £1,000 cash, e-publication by New Welsh Review on their New Welsh Rarebyte imprint and a positive critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. Second prize for each category is a weeklong residential course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in Gwynedd, north Wales and third prize is a weekend stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire, north Wales. All six winners will also receive a one-year subscription to New Welsh Review. In addition New Welsh Review will consider the highly commended and shortlisted nominees for publication in a forthcoming edition of its creative magazine New Welsh Reader with an associated standard fee.
The Awards are open to all writers based in the UK and Ireland plus those who have been educated in Wales. The AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella is also open to writers based in the US and Canada.
The longlist was announced at midday on 3 April 2017. The shortlist will be announced at an event at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Bookshop on Thursday 4 May 2017, 6.30-8pm, and the winner at an event at the Summer House at Hay Festival on Thursday 1 June 2017, 2-4pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
Gwen Davies has been editor of New Welsh Review since 2011. She has worked as creative editor at publishers including Parthian, and founded the imprints Alcemi and New Welsh Rarebyte. As a literary translator her titles include Robin Llywelyn's White Star (Seren Wen) and two of bestseller Caryl Lewis' novels, Martha, Jack & Shanco (Martha, Jac a Sianco) and The Jeweller (Y Gemydd). She has also been a Literature Officer at the Arts Council of Wales, a member and Chair of Literature Wales' Writers' Bursaries Panel for seven years, represented literature for the Arts Council of Wales' Creative Wales Awards and has been a writers' mentor, both privately and for Literature Wales. She has been co-judge for the New Welsh Writing Awards since its inauguration in 2015, and in 2017, as well as being co-judge for the novella category, will be sole judge for the memoir category. She grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire and now lives in Aberystwyth with her family.
David Lloyd was born in the Welsh-American community of Utica, New York and now teaches at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York state. He is the author of nine books, including Boys: Stories and a Novella and two poetry collections, The Everyday Apocalypse, and The Gospel according to Frank. He edited The Urgency of Identity: Contemporary English-Language Poetry from Wales, and in 2000 received the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Award. In 2001 he was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in residence at Bangor University, Wales. In 2016 he received the M. Wynn Thomas Award for outstanding academic work in the field of Welsh Writing in English for his essay 'Brenda Chamberlain and American Modernism'. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals including Crab Orchard Review, DoubleTake, New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, and Planet.
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