Swansea University has announced its shortlist for the 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize. The £20,000 prize celebrates work written in the English language across the world by authors aged 39 or under, and this year, the shortlist includes three debuts.
The prize is chaired by Jaipur Literature Festival’s founder-director and award-winning author Namita Gokhale, alongside judges Luke Kennard, Alan Bilton, and Irenosen Okojie. The winners will be announced on May 12, two days before International Dylan Thomas Day.
“The longlist for the 2022 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize was one of the strongest ever,” said Gokhale in a statement. “The jury has whittled this down to a shortlist that is riveting and compelling on so many levels. It presents a rich diversity of accomplished young and debut voices, and their explorations of the poetic, the historical, and the contemporary.”
Without further ado, here are the shortlisted titles:
Anuk Arudpragasam, A Passage North (Granta)
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Auguries of a Minor God (Faber)
Nathan Harris, The Sweetness of Water (Tinder Press/Headliine)
Patricia Lockwood, No One is Talking About This (Bloomsbury Circus)
Caleb Azumah Nelson, Open Water (Viking, Penguin General)
Brandon Taylor, Filthy Animals (Daunt Books Publishing)
Congratulations to those recognized!