New Welsh Writing Awards

About the New Welsh Writing Awards

The 2022 New Welsh Writing Awards: Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting is now open for entry until 15 February 2022.

To read judge Gwen Davies’ call for entries, click here and to enter visit this page. Terms and conditions can be found here.

Since 2015, the New Welsh Writing Awards have sought the best writing in short form (5,000 – 30,000 words) over a variety of categories. Previous winners include:

  • Jasmine Donahaye for Reading the Signs, 2021
  • Susan Karen Burton for The Transplantable Roots of Catharine Huws Nagashima, 2020
  • Peter Goulding for Slatehead:The Ascent of Britain’s Slate-climbing scene, 2019
  • Ed Garland for Earwitness: A Search for Sonic Understanding in Stories, 2018
  • Catherine Haines for My Oxford, 2017
  • Cath Barton for The Plankton Collector,  2017
  • Mandy Sutter for Bush Meat, 2016
  • Eluned Gramich for Woman Who Brings the Rain, 2015

The winners have received £1,000 cash as an advance against e-publication, a critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes and a year-long subscription to New Welsh Review. 

We have worked with a variety of sponsors over the years, but since 2015, we have always partnered with Gladstone’s Library, Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre, Literature Wales and Cathryn Summerhayes at the literary agency Curtis Brown. The New Welsh Writing Awards 2022: Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting is sponsored by the philanthropist RS Powell.

2022 Awards

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2021 Awards

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2020 Awards

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2018 Awards

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2017 Awards

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2016 Awards

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2015 Awards

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