Dylan Thomas Prize 2012 longlist revealed
The granddaughter of Dylan Thomas today announced the longlist for the 2012 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.
Hannah Ellis revealed 10 names in the running to win the £30,000 international young writers' prize at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre, with two of the youngest ever entrants making the list.
British author Ben Brooks, 20, made the longlist with his novel Grow Up, along with The Spider King's Daughter writer Chibundu Onuzo, aged 21.
The announcement reveals eight novelists and two short story authors from the USA, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Canada and five from the UK were longlisted.
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The prize is open to all published authors aged 18 to 30 writing in the English language.
It is the first year that the longlist does not include Welsh authors.
Professor Peter Stead, founder and chairman of the award, was keen to stress at the launch that the absence of Welsh writers on the shortlist is no reflection on the literary talent in Wales.
“I take enormous pride in the way the Dylan Thomas Prize is pushing back the frontiers,” he said.
He said all the books are page turners and encouraged the Welsh public to engage with the prize.
“What we want now is for these books to be debated, not just by the judges, but by everyone.”
Singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews has this year joined the judging panel for the prestigious award, which also includes the Swansea-born Guardian literary journalist Nicholas Wroe, author and newspaper columnist Allison Pearson, who grew up in Burry Port, and Professor Peter Stead.
The prize is open to all published authors aged 18 to 30 writing in the English language, with the winner announced in Swansea on November 9.
Dylan Thomas Prize 2012 longlist:
Ben Brooks, Grow Up (Canongate Books)
Maggie Shipstead, Seating Arrangements (Blue Door)
Amelia Gray, Threats (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Chibundu Onuzo, The Spider King's Daughter (Faber)
Alexandra Singer, Tea at the Grand Tazi (Legend Press)
D. W. Wilson, Once you break a Knuckle (Bloomsbury)
Lucy Wood, Diving Belles (Bloomsbury)
Tom Benn, The Doll Princess (Vintage Publishing)
Andrea Eames, The White Shadow (Random House)
Matthew Crow My dearest Jonah (Legend Press)