This morning, Swansea University announced its longlist for the 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize. Among UK’s most prestigious awards, the Dylan Thomas Prize celebrates work written in the English language from across the world by authors aged 39 or under, and comes with a purse of £20,000. The prize recognizes literary works across genres, from novels and short stories to poetry and drama.
The 2022 longlist highlights global voices like Anuk Arudpragasam, whose novel explores youth, loss, and survival in Sri-Lanka 30 year civil war, and Desiree Bailey, whose poetry collection meditates on freedom, belonging, and her upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago. The longlist also celebrates female writers, including Tice Cin, Patricia Lockwood, Dantiel W. Moniz, and Megan Nolan.
The prize is chaired by Jaipur Literature Festival’s founder-director and award-winning author Namita Gokhale, who alongside judges Luke Kennard, Alan Bilton, and Irenosen Okojie, will select six shortlisted titles. The shortlist will be announced on March 31st, and the winners will be announced on May 12th, two days before International Dylan Thomas Day.
Below is this year’s longlist:
Anuk Arudpragasam, A Passage North
Desiree Bailey, What Noise Against the Cane
Yale University Press
Tice Cin, Keeping the House
And Other Stories
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Auguries of a Minor God
Nathan Harris, The Sweetness of Water
Patricia Lockwood, No One is Talking About This
Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat
Fiona Mozley, Hot Stew
John Murray Press
Caleb Azumah Nelson, Open Water
Viking, Penguin General
Megan Nolan, Acts of Desperation
Helen Oyeyemi, Peaces
Brandon Taylor, Filthy Animals
Daunt Books Publishing