Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize: Shortlist announced

Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize: Shortlist announced

Three poetry collections, two novels and a short story collection have been shortlisted for the 2020 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize.

The £30,000 prize celebrates published literary works in the English language by authors aged 39 or under.

The winner will be announced on 14 May in a virtual ceremony.

Chair of the judges Prof Dai Smith said each of the works addressed “pressing social and personal concerns and dilemmas of our time”.

He added: “In a very dark time these six supremely talented young writers do what all such writers do: they light the way, and so must be read for all our sakes.”

The shortlisted works are:

  • Surge by Jay Bernard
  • Flèche by Mary Jean Chan
  • Inland by Téa Obreht
  • If All the World and Love were Young by Stephen Sexton
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Lot by Bryan Washington

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