After being given £8,000 for his truly terrible Wales Book of the Year, golden boy Owen Sheers is tipped to win the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize this year as well. Nice job if you can get it eh!
Here is the Short List in full:
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (Granta)
Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking)
Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (Faber & Faber)
Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May (Fourth Estate)
Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet Press)
Owen Sheers, Mametz (National Theatre Wales)
Naomi Wood, Mrs Hemingway (Picador)
This time he could net £30,000 and pay off the mortgage on his farm perhaps?
Let’s hope Cerys Mathews doesn’t blot her copybook by listening to those who tell her to pick him!
Although it’s still only 2013, the 2014 Cardiff poetry competition is open again. One of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition with a whopping £5,000 first prize. So, if it’s not your turn to get a bursary, win Book of the Year, etc. then why not enter.
Of course it does cost £7 to send a poem in.
Good luck everybody – you know who you are.