Now in its fifth year, The New Welsh Writing Awards 2019 – open for entry until 4 February 2019 – seeks the best short form writing (between 5,000 – 30,000 words) across two categories, the Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella and the Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting. New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies and author Cynan Jones are co-judges for the Rheidol Prize and Gwen is sole judge for the Aberystwyth University Prize.
In this panel event, Gwen will introduce the winners of both categories, who will have just have been awarded with their £1,000 top prize at a ceremony at the Hay Festival, and the authors will read from their prize-winning works which will be published in e-book format in 2020 under the New Welsh Rarebyte imprint.
Gwen Davies has been editor of New Welsh Review since 2011. She has worked as creative editor at publishers including Parthian, and founded the imprints Alcemi and New Welsh Rarebyte. As a literary translator her titles include Robin Llywelyn’s White Star (Seren Wen) and two of bestseller Caryl Lewis’ novels, Martha, Jack & Shanco (Martha, Jac a Sianco, Parthian, 2007) and The Jeweller (Y Gemydd, Honno, 2019). She has also been a Literature Officer at the Arts Council of Wales, a member and Chair of Literature Wales’ Writers’ Bursaries Panel for seven years, represented literature for the Arts Council of Wales’ Creative Wales Awards and has been a writers’ mentor, both privately and for Literature Wales. She has been co-judge for the New Welsh Writing Awards since its inauguration in 2015. She grew up in a Welsh-speaking family in West Yorkshire and now lives in Aberystwyth with her family. Gwen is acting as sole judge of the Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella and as co-judge with Cynan Jones of the Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting.
Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales in 1975. He is the author of five novels, published in over 20 countries. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous prizes internationally, and won the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and, most recently, the BBC National Short Story Award. He has also written stories for BBC Radio, a screenplay for the hit crime drama Hinterland, and a collection of tales for children. Other writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers, and in journals and magazines including Granta and The New Yorker. Cynan joins Gwen Davies in co-judging the Rheidol Prize for Writing with a Welsh Theme or Setting.