Frequently Asked Questions
The annual Wales Book of the Year Award is presented to the best Welsh and English-language works first published in the year preceding the Award in the fields of creative writing and literary criticism in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. The English-language poetry Award is titled the Roland Mathias Poetry Award.
A panel of three English-language judges and three Welsh-language judges decide on three titles in each category to compile the Short List which is announced in Spring. The winners of each category will then be announced at the Award Ceremony in the summertime, and there will also be one overall winner chosen from the three category winners.
The Wales Book of the Year Award is administered by Literature Wales with funding from the Arts Council of Wales. Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature in Wales. Previous to 2004 the Award was administered by the Arts Council of Wales.
The Roland Mathias Prize was established in honour of the poet and author Roland Mathias who played a major part in establishing Welsh writing in English as a distinctive literary genre. He died in 2007.
The Roland Mathias Prize first became part of the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2012. The renowned prize which used to be awarded bi-annually for Welsh-writing in English in the fields of poetry, short stories, literary criticism and Welsh history will be recognised as the English-language Poetry Award within the Wales Book of the Year Award.
The Wales Book of the Year Award takes place annually, with the Short List announced in Spring and the Winners announced in Summer.
Each category winner receives £2,000 and the overall winner then wins an additional £6,000.
The Wales Book of the Year 2014 Awards Ceremony at Galeri Caernarfon. The Ceremony is open to the public and Literature Wales would love to see you there. To buy tickets contact Galeri Caernarfon: 01286 685222 / www.galericaernarfon.com
Three judges are invited to judge the English-language books and three to judge the Welsh-language books. Past judges have been individuals who are prominent within the literature or writing scene in Wales; authors, journalists, reviewers, presenters and editors, but most importantly, they are all avid readers.
All three judges must read all books submitted, before collectively deciding on the Short List and then the Winners. One judge is named the Chair of the panel.
Please read the eligibility criteria to find out if your book is eligible.
Please Note: The submission deadline for the 2015 Award has now passed.
The deadline for submitting books first published during 2015 for the 2016 Award is Friday 15 January 2016.
Changes to the procedure of sending eligible books
Publishing houses should send four print copies of each eligible title as close to the publishing date as possible to the following address:
Wales Book of the Year Award
4th Floor, Cambrian Buildings
Mount Stuart Square
All administration is conducted in-house; there are no forms for publishers to complete.
Visit the archive page on the website to find all previous winners