The New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing is run by New Welsh Review in association with the University of South Wales and CADCentre and celebrates the best short form travel writing (5,000-30,000 words) from emerging and established writers based in the UK and Ireland plus those who have been educated in Wales. The judges are New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies and award winning travel writer Rory MacLean, author of ten books including best sellers Stalin's NoseUnder the Dragon and Berlin: Imagine a City.

First prize is £1,000 cash, e-publication by New Welsh Review on their New Welsh Rarebyte imprint in 2016, a positive critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at WME, as well as lunch with her in London. Second prize is a weeklong residential course in 2016 of the winner’s choice at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in Gwynedd, north Wales. Third prize is a weekend stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire, north Wales. All three winners will also receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. 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 longlist was announced on 20 April 2016, with the shortlist announced at an event at Hay Festival on 1 June 2016 and the winner at a ceremony at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on 7 July 2016. 


The inaugural New Welsh Writing Awards 2015: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment was won by Eluned Gramich for Woman Who Brings the Rain: A Memoir of Hokkaido, Japan (published 15 October 2015, £2.99 Kindle ebook). Eluned said about her win: “This Prize has given me the confidence to treat my writing seriously. I’m now writing a novel again, and this time I am determined not to give up.”

Woman Who Brings the Rain has also been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2016: The Open University in Wales Creative Non-Fiction Award. Available in print via the Gwales website (£7.99) and Kindle ebook (£2.99).

New Welsh Review editor, Gwen Davies, presents the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing. Now open for entries. Produced and edited by Jessica Raby. Research and script by Daniel Leeman. New Welsh Review's multimedia programme is sponsored by Aberystwyth University.


New Welsh Review Editor Gwen Davies

Gwen Davies is the Editor of New Welsh Review and sole translator of Caryl Lewis' novels, Martha, Jack & Shanco and The Jeweller. She edited Sing Sorrow Sorrow, Dark & Chilling Tales (Seren). As fiction editor her authors included Dylan Thomas Prize-winning Rachel Trezise; Sunday Times Short Story Award-shortlisted Cynan Jones; Costa nominee Hayley Long; Picador novelist, Tristan Hughes; Wales Book of the Year category winner, Richard Gwyn, and Gee Williams, a nominee for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. 

Rory MacLean is one of Britain's most expressive and adventurous travel writers. His ten books include the UK best-sellers Stalin's Nose, Under the Dragon and most recently Berlin: Imagine a City, “the most extraordinary work of history I've ever read” according to the Washington Post which named it a Book of the Year. He has won awards from the Canada Council and Arts Council of England as well as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize.  In his humanitarian projects Rory has written about the missing civilians of the Yugoslav Wars for the ICRC, on divided Cyprus for the EU's Committee on Missing Persons and on North Korea for the British Council.  In addition he has made over 50 BBC radio programmes, blogged a quarter of a million words for the Goethe Institute and worked on movies with Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie. Rory's works – wrote the late John Fowles – are among those that “marvelously explain why literature still lives”.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he divides his time between Berlin, Dorset and London where he is writer-in-residence at the Archive of Modern Conflict.


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