New Welsh Writing Awards Longlist Announced (08-12-2014)
In November the longlist for the People, Place & Planet: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment was announced by co-judge and New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies
A longlist of nine authors, seven of them women, has been announced by co-judge Gwen Davies who noted the young profile of the selected entrants, which she chose 'blind' without knowing names or identity. She stated, 'This prize has delighted me in the quality, humour, dedication, style and integrity of the writers it has thrown up, many of them unknown to me until now. Themes that have emerged include the isolation of islands, the quest to live well, the preservation and use of energy of all kinds, and the attractions and dangers of the border between wilderness and artifice. Fittingly for a competition based in Wales open to writers across the UK and Ireland, the landscapes of Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia are clearly present, but also settings we'll want to know more about, from a Japanese island close to Russia, a rock in the North Sea, and Bali village life and wildlife.' Gwen is joined in the judging process by environmentalist and author Mark Cocker, and the pair will select a shortlist to be announced on 6 February and a winner to be unveiled at a ceremony on 25 February in Aberystwyth. The winner scoops £1000 in an epub deal which will see the nonfiction work, of at least 8,000 words, published as the launch title of New Welsh Review's inaugural ebook imprint, New Welsh Rarebyte. Look out for the announcement of the Awards shortlist on 6 February.
The New Welsh Writing Awards are sponsored by WWF Cymru and CADCentre.
Judge's blog on how she chose the longlist
Full Longlist Details
More Details on Awards