Thanks to the co-direction of the Jaipur Literature Festival by juror Namita Gokhale, the Dylan Thomas Prize is in India for its longlist announcement.
The £30,000 award for writers 39 and younger is scheduled to produce a longlist by January 24 and a shortlist on April 7, the winner to be named May 14.
The acclaimed debut novelist talks of his fellow-feeling for ‘aspiring writers, who are writing from a place similar to where I began.’ Gunaratne divides his time between London and Malmö.
The 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist includes a Zimbabwean, a British-Sri Lankan and an American Ghanaian, and it recognizes writers under 39 years old.
The award program, based at Swansea University in the poet’s hometown, presents a 12-title longlist by authors 39 and younger.
This year’s Dylan Thomas Prize goes to a poet whose focus is on black masculinity and the experiences of young black men in contemporary British society–’immensely relevant,’ as the jury chair puts it.
The Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist comprises the work of three women and three men. Ten-year judge Kurt Heinzelman calls the 2016 group “the best and stylistically most diverse.”