Launched in 2006, the annual Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers in the world. It is an international literary award aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. Established in response to the enormous international phenomenon of new writing by young authors, the Prize recognises the obvious ambitions of those writers as reflected in the marked popularity of creative writing classes.
At £30,000, the Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the largest literary awards in the world.
Peter Stead, the Prize founder and judge, speaks about the past years’ successes:
"It's great to see interest in the award growing steadily year on year. The last two winners of the Dylan Thomas Prize, Nam Le in 2008 and Rachel Trezise in 2006, have really seen their careers take off since receiving the award, and we’re looking forward to discovering and helping equally talented writers in the years to come."
Dylan Thomas, the quintessential adolescent writer, was ideally suited to serve as an inspiration to young writers everywhere. The freshness and immediacy of his writing were qualities that he never lost. The Prize seeks to ensure that readers today will have the chance to savour the vitality and sparkle of a new generation of young writers.
The Prize is a social enteprise and registered charity.