Here Is the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

Electric Lit relies on contributions from our readers to help make literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. Please support our work by becoming a member today, or making a one-time donation here.

Drawing from published poetry, novels, short stories, and drama, the International Dylan Thomas Prize honors the best literary work written in the English language by an author aged 39 or under. Created in partnership with Swansea University in 2006, the prize is named for the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, author of classics such as “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” (And yes, who infamously died at age 39 after a drinking binge at New York’s White Horse Tavern.)

The winner, announced on May 15th, will receive £30,000 in prize money. Past recipients include Joshua Ferris, Maggie Shipstead, and Lucy Caldwell.

2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

Pond by Claire Louise-Bennet (short stories)

The Tusk that Did the Damage by Tania James (fiction)

Disinformation by Frances Lewiston (poetry)

Physical by Andrew McMillan (poetry)

Grief is a Thing With Feathers by Max Porter (fiction)

The Year of the Runaways by Sanjeev Sahota (fiction)

More Like This

Tell Us Your Favorite Fall Food and We’ll Tell You What National Book Award Nominee to Read

Apple cider donuts or pecan pie? Let us tell you what book to pair with your seasonal snacking

Sep 25 - Jae-Yeon Yoo

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards

Six extraordinary emerging writers will receive grants of $30,000 each

Sep 15 - Electric Literature

What 2020 Booker Nominee Should You Read, Based on Your Quarantine Habits?

Are you solving puzzles on repeat or working in bed? Let us tell you what to read next

Jul 30 - Jae-Yeon Yoo
Thank You!