Longlist announced for New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing (20-04-2016)
A majority-female longlist announced for travel writing prize, with majority also connected to Wales
Nine wonderful writers and their travel prose span continents and themes, making journeys along the Thames, on the Trans-Siberian Railway, delving into pre-Columbian cultures in the Andes and the Yucatan, back to childhood via Nigeria, up into the Pyrenees, in Mongolia, in exile in Ghana and home to Liberia, and seeking silence in Pennsylvania. The majority on the list are women, and all but one are of Welsh origin, parentage, are resident or studying in Wales. Entries vary from long-form essays to book-length prose pieces up to the maximum length for the prize: 30,000 words.
Longlist entries and authors details
You can now also vote for the best ever English-language travel book, via our poll, from contenders including Geraldus Cambrensis, Jasmine Donahaye, Gwyneth Lewis and Jonathan Raban, and we will be announcing a shortlist and winner according to popular vote by readers alongside the writing prize milestones on 1 June and 7 July. Vote Here
Shortlists for both writing prize and readers’ poll are announced on 1 June at the Hay Festival.
At Hay Festival during the same week as the shortlisting ceremony, editor Gwen Davies will also be hosting a conversation with debut authors who work with memoir
: Julia Forster, Abbie Ross and Crystal Jeans, an extract of whose debut novel, Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise
is published in our summer edition, 111, out 25 May.
The Hay conversation with debut authors will take place at 7pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May.
The winner of our prize, meanwhile, will be announced on 7 July at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. First prize is £1000, an epublishing deal with New Welsh Review’s epub imprint New Welsh Rarebyte, and a critique by WME literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes plus lunch with her; second prize is a week’s residential course at Tŷ Newydd in north-west Wales, and third is a weekend stay at Gladstone’s Library at Hawarden, Flintshire, near Cheshire.