The shortlist of seven works for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s biggest literary prize for young writers, was announced in the poet’s home town of Swansea – in his centenary year – on the evening of Thursday 4 September.
This year’s shortlist includes poetry, prose and drama, and is extremely international, with writers drawing on a rich mix of background influences: Wales, England, Ireland, Jamaica, the United States, Russia and New Zealand. It was announced by musician and radio presenter Cerys Matthews, one of the judges for the Prize.
The £30,000 Prize, sponsored by Swansea University, is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. It celebrates and nurtures international literary excellence across all genres and is open to novels, short stories, poetry and drama.
The 2014 shortlist is:
• 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)