Longlist announced for New Welsh Writing Awards 2017 (03-04-2017)
Women dominate the longlists for our two categories this year, memoir and the novella, with entries from Wales, England and USA
We are delighted to announce the longlists for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017: 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 book manuscripts in English and previously ran 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 2016. The Awards 2017 opened up entries from the US and Canada for the first time in the Novella category. First prize is a £1000 advance on an e-book deal published under the magazine's imprint, New Welsh Rarebyte.
Both new and established writers based in Wales, England and the US are in the running for the top prize including a joint memoir by a husband and wife. The longlist is dominated by women with 8 out of 9 women contending for the Memoir Prize and 6 out of 9 women in the running for the Novella Prize.
The memoir list includes true stories of a Canadian hobo; anorexia; a daughter’s American road-trip made to help reconcile her father and grandmother; an all-boys care-home in South Africa whose residents included a baboon; being the daughter of a Rhyl beauty competition judge, and backpacking behind the iron curtain.
Among the novellas, sexual abuse is among the themes; also homosexuality in a Welsh monastery; the meanings and mystery of treasures old and new; escaping the shadow of a father figure, and the enduring healing and destructive powers of archetypes, idols and idylls.
The shortlists will be announced on Thursday 4 May
at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop, 6.30-8pm, with panel.
The winners will be announced at Hay Festival on Thursday 1 June
at the Summerhouse, 2-4pm, with video trailers of the winning entries and bookstall.