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Category: Competitions

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Adjudication from Mike Jenkins

''Rice Paper Dreams' by Krystal Song and 'Happy Birthday Marcy Lamport' by Caroline Jensen were both exceptional. I really liked both Song's stories and all of Jensen's......a real talent. I'll have to go for Krystal Song, but it's close and Caroline deserves a special mention for so many great stories.

The winner of the 2017 competition is Krystal Song.


Mike Jenkins


Read the winning entries here:- Krystal Song 2017 WCE Online Story Competition Winner



Congratulations/Llongyfarchiadau to this year's winner Krystal Song

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Adjudication from Peter Thabit Jones

There were some excellent submissions for the 2018 competition. I was really impressed by the variety of poetic voices, subjects, and forms. It was not easy coming to a decision, though I knew I was looking for work that was original, fresh, with something that held my attention for the span of its unfolding, and with something that would call me back again and again. I eventually arrived at three poets whose poems kept calling me back again and again: Paul Steffan Jones, Whyt Pugh, and Sally Spedding.

The winner of the 2018 competition is Whyt Pugh.


Peter Thabit Jones
Poet, dramatist, and publisher


Read the winning entries here:-  Whyt Pugh 2017 WCE Online Poetry Competition Winner 



Congratulations/Llongyfarchiadau to this year's winner Whyt Pugh


We are happy to announce that we have recieved the following adjudication from our judge Mike Jenkins. Diolch Mike and congratulations to our winner Branden Kang.


Shwmae Ceri

I've read these through very carefully. The best yet in terms of standard and very hard to choose.

I liked a lot of them, especially Perils of Fabrication, The Green Mile, Marionettes, Grampy Spinelli's Story, Parallel Perspectives and The Squirrel Killer.

In the end I went for Daddy Manual by Branden Kang.....caught the child's viewpoint superbly and was so emotive without ever lapsing into sentimentality. I was moved to tears at the end and that rarely happens reading fiction.

Congratulations to all of them on the finest set of entries by a long way!

Mike Jenkins



READ THE WINNING ENTRY HERE
'DADDY MANUAL' BY BRANDEN KANG
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A number of readers have asked us to clarify the first prize details for the AmeriCymru Prize For The Novella competition. They are listed below. The deadline for submissions is March 1st.



  • 1000 GBP ( $1250 US approx) cash prize.

  • Publication (in ebook format) by Welsh Rarebytes of the winning entry  plus publication in excerpt form in the New Welsh Review Magazine.

  • We will fly you to Wales (at our expense) and accommodate you for up to one week so that you can attend the Prize ceremony on June 1st at the Hay Literary Festival.

  • A lunch meeting with a leading London literary editor (either in London or Hay)


For more details see below and here:- www.newwelshwritingawards.com

You do NOT have to be a member of AmeriCymru to enter this competition BUT you are more than welcome to join. If you wish to do so please go here:- Join AmeriCymru

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The New Welsh Writing Awards 2017, run by New Welsh Review in association with Aberystwyth University and AmeriCymru, opens for entries on 26 September with two new categories, the Aberystwyth University Prize for Memoir and AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella.

Now in its third year, the Awards were set up to champion the best short-form writing in English and has previously run non-fiction categories with the WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature, won by Eluned Gramich in 2015 and the University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing, won by Mandy Sutter in June 2016.

This year sees the Awards open up to fiction and memoir, welcoming sponsorship from Aberystwyth University, the core sponsor and host of New Welsh Review, and US online magazine and social network AmeriCymru. The Awards are run in partnership with Curtis Brown, Gladstone’s Library and Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre.

New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies will judge both categories with Welsh-American writer David Lloyd co-judging the Novella category. David is the author of nine books including poetry collections and novels, and directs the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

Each category winner will receive £1,000 cash, e-publication by New Welsh Review on their New Welsh Rarebyte imprint and a positive critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. Second prize for each category is a weeklong residential course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in Gwynedd, north Wales and third prize is a weekend stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire, north Wales. All six winners will also receive a one-year subscription to New Welsh Review. In addition New Welsh Review will consider the highly commended and shortlisted nominees for publication in a forthcoming edition of its creative magazine New Welsh Reader with an associated standard fee.

The Awards are open to all writers based in the UK and Ireland plus those who have been educated in Wales. The AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella is also open to writers based in the US and Canada. Entries close at midnight on 1 March 2017. Full details, including terms and conditions, can be found online at www.newwelshwritingawards.com.

The longlist will be announced online on 3 April 2017, with the shortlist announced at an event at Aberystwyth University on 4 May 2017 and the winner at an event at Hay Festival on 1 June 2017.

Gwen Davies, editor of New Welsh Review says: 'We are seeking evocative, succinct and authentic short book-length manuscripts in English. For the novella category they will be between 8,000 and 30,000 words. For the memoir, between 5,000 and 30,000. If your top drawer hides a novella with the punch of Animal Farm or the poignancy and dialect of Mihangel Morgan's Pan Oeddwn yn Fachgen; or the bite, and visceral local feel of memoirs such as Mary Karr's The Liars' Club or the sheer cheek of Charles Nicholl's The Fruit Palace, we want to hear from you.'

Co-judge David Lloyd says ‘I am delighted to serve as co-judge for the AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella. Ever since writing a novella for my first book of fiction, I have loved the form, which combines the intensity of the short story with the expansiveness of the novel. It can be devoured in one sitting or put down and picked up for leisurely reading. Anyone who has read James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the Sad Café, or Kate Chopin’s The Awakening will know the pleasures of this genre in the hands of masters. I also very much value the international scope of this contest, which I hope will draw out authors from diverse backgrounds who write – or who are now inspired to try – the novella.’

Louise Marshall, Head of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with New Welsh Review to find the best writing talent in Wales and beyond. Memoirs are a fascinating and often surprising literary form and, just as these Awards have already celebrated Mandy Sutter’s and Eluned Gramich’s beautifully crafted and enthralling works, we are very much looking forward to discovering equally talented writers in the future.’

Ceri Shaw, co-founder of AmeriCymru, added, ‘AmerCymru is honored to be offered this opportunity to partner with the New Welsh Review and Aberystwyth University. We founded AmeriCymru to increase awareness of Wales and Welsh heritage and to bring Wales and its arts, including literature, to the attention of more people around the world. This competition provides voice and opportunity to new and upcoming writers, and we are excited to be able to contribute to this effort.’


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Press Release

Tuesday 19 January 2016

New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing opens for entries.

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The New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing has opened for entries on 19 January 2016 and closes at midnight on Sunday 3 April 2016. The Prize is run in association with the University of South Wales and CADCentre and celebrates the best short form travel writing (5,000-30,000 words) from emerging and established writers based in the UK and Ireland plus those who have been educated in Wales. The judges are New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies and award winning travel writer Rory MacLean, author of ten books including best sellers Stalin's Nose, Under the Dragon and Berlin: Imagine a City.

First prize is £1,000 cash, e-publication by New Welsh Review on their New Welsh Rarebyte imprint in 2016, a positive critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at WME, as well as lunch with her in London. Second prize is a weeklong residential course in 2016 of the winner’s choice at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in Gwynedd, north Wales. Third prize is a weekend stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire, north Wales. All three winners will also receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. In addition New Welsh Review will consider the highly commended and shortlisted nominees for publication in a forthcoming edition of its creative magazine New Welsh Reader with an associated standard fee.

The longlist will be announced on 20 April 2016, with the shortlist announced at an event at Hay Festival on 1 June 2016 and the winner at a ceremony at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on 7 July 2016. Full details, including terms and conditions, can be found online at www.newwelshwritingawards.com.

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2015: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment was won by Eluned Gramich for Woman Who Brings the Rain: A memoir of Hokkaido, Japan (published 15 October 2015, £2.99 Kindle ebook). Eluned said about her win: “This Prize has given me the confidence to treat my writing seriously. I’m now writing a novel again, and this time I am determined not to give up.”

Gwen Davies, editor of New Welsh Review says: “Since economy and precision is what journals champion, it's right that these awards celebrate the shorter publishing formats that our digital age has made possible. When fellow judge, prize winning travel author Rory MacLean and myself make our adjudication next summer, I'm sure we will unveil a host of talent to add to the stable of writers on travel that have already found a home in the pages of the magazine. I hope that Rory's ambition, invention and stunning prose style will inspire newcomers to the genre and veteran travel hands alike.”

Co-judge Rory MacLean says “Only by experiencing the world from another person's point of view can we begin to understand that person or society.  Borders are bridged most powerfully by individuals, through characters and stories, by evoking empathy. Hence the enduring importance of travel and travel writing, and of this competition that goes to the very heart of the matter.”

Dr Nic Dunlop, Head of English at the University of South Wales, said: "We are delighted to be working with New Welsh Review to find the best writing talent in Wales and beyond. This Prize has already discovered Eluned Gramich’s beautifully crafted essay writing and we are very much looking forward to revealing more talented writers of the future."

Ali Anwar, Managing Director of CADCentre UK, added: "The CADCentre is delighted to support the New Welsh Writing Awards for a second time, celebrating the work of writers from Wales and those who are educated here nurtures and raises the profile of our writing talent. Building links between the business and the arts communities should be a creative experience and a source of inspiration for both, especially in a country which has a deep and innate respect for culture."

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing is sponsored by the University of South Wales and CADCentre UK. New Welsh Review has also partnered with WME, Gladstone’s Library and Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for this project. New Welsh Review Ltd is supported through core funding by the Welsh Books Council and hosted by Aberystwyth University Department of English and Creative Writing.


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Gwobrau New Welsh Writing 2016: Gwobr Prifysgol De Cymru ar gyfer Ysgrifennu Taith ar agor i ymgeiswyr

Ar 19 Ionawr 2016 agorodd Gwobr Prifysgol De Cymru ar gyfer Ysgrifennu Taith: Gwobrau New Welsh Writing 2016 i ymgeiswyr a bydd yn cau am hanner nos ar 3 Ebrill 2016. Caiff y Wobr ei rhedeg mewn cydweithrediad â Phrifysgol De Cymru a CADCentre ac mae’n dathlu’r ysgrifennu taith byr gorau (5,000-30,000 o eiriau) gan lenorion newydd a phrofiadol yn y DU ac Iwerddon ynghyd â’r rheini sydd wedi’u haddysgu yng Nghymru. Y Beirniaid yw Golygydd New Welsh Review Gwen Davies a’r llenor taith arobryn Rory MacLean, awdur deg o lyfrau gan gynnwys y cyfrolau poblogaidd Stalin's Nose, Under the Dragon a Berlin: Imagine a City.

Y wobr gyntaf yw £1,000, e-gyhoeddi gan New Welsh Review ar eu gwasgnod New Welsh Rarebyte yn 2016, beirniadaeth gadarnhaol gan yr asiant llenyddol blaenllaw Cathryn Summerhayes yn WME, yn ogystal â chinio gyda hi yn Llundain. Yr ail wobr yw dewis o gwrs preswyl wythnos o hyd yn 2016 yng Nghanolfan Ysgrifennu Tŷ Newydd yng Ngwynedd. Y drydedd wobr yw arhosiad dros benwythnos yn Llyfrgell Gladstone yn Sir y Fflint. Bydd y tri enillydd hefyd yn derbyn tanysgrifiad o flwyddyn i’r cylchgrawn. Yn ogystal, bydd New Welsh Review yn ystyried cyhoeddi gwaith yr enwebeion a gymeradwyir yn uchel a’r rhai ar y rhestr fer mewn rhifyn o’r cylchgrawn creadigol New Welsh Reader yngyhyd â ffi safonol gysylltiedig.

Cyhoeddir y rhestr hir ar 20 Ebrill 2016, gyda’r rhestr fer yn cael ei chyhoeddi mewn digwyddiad yng Ngŵyl y Gelli ar 1 Mehefin 2016, a’r enillydd mewn seremoni yng Ngholeg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru ar 7 Gorffennaf 2016. Ceir manylion llawn, gan gynnwys y telerau ac amodau, ar-lein: www.newwelshwritingawards.com http://www.newwelshwritingawards.com.

Enillwyd Gwobr WWF Cymru ar gyfer Ysgrifennu am Natur a’r Amgylchedd: Gwobrau New Welsh Writing 2015 gan Eluned Gramich am Woman Who Brings the Rain: A memoir of Hokkaido, Japan (cyhoeddwyd 15 Hydref 2015, £2.99 elyfr Kindle). Wrth son am ei champ dywedodd Eluned: “Mae’r Wobr hon wedi rhoi’r hyder i fi drin fy ysgrifennu o ddifrif. Rwyf i nawr yn ysgrifennu nofel eto, a’r tro hwn rwy’n benderfynol o beidio â rhoi’r gorau iddi.”

Dywed Gwen Davies, golygydd New Welsh Review: “Cynildeb a chywirdeb yw’r hyn sy’n bwysig i newyddiadurwyr, ac felly mae’n iawn fod y gwobrau hyn yn dathlu’r fformatau cyhoeddi byrrach sydd bellach yn bosibl yn ein hoes ddigidol. Pan fydd fy nghyd-feirniad, yr awdur taith arobryn Rory MacLean a fi’n beirniadu’r haf nesaf, rwy’n siŵr y byddwn yn darganfod cyfoeth o dalent i ychwanegu at y stabl o lenorion taith sydd eisoes wedi canfod cartref yn nhudalennau’r cylchgrawn. Gobeithio y bydd uchelgais, dyfeisgarwch a rhyddiaith ysblennydd Rory’n ysbrydoli newydd-ddyfodiaid i’r genre a theithwyr profiadol fel ei gilydd.”

Yn ôl y cyd-feirniad Rory MacLean “Dim ond drwy brofi’r byd o safbwynt rhywun arall y gallwn ni ddechrau deall y person hwnnw neu’r gymdeithas honno. Caiff ffiniau eu pontio’n fwyaf pwerus gan unigolion, drwy gymeriadau a straeon, drwy ennyn empathi. Dyma’r rheswm am bwysigrwydd parhaus teithio ac ysgrifennu taith, a’r gystadleuaeth hon sy’n mynd i graidd y pwnc.”

Dywedodd Dr Nic Dunlop, Pennaeth Saesneg ym Mhrifysgol De Cymru: "Rydym ni wrth ein bod i fod yn gweithio gyda New Welsh Review i ddod o hyd i’r doniau ysgrifennu gorau yng Nghymru a thu hwnt. Mae’r Wobr hon eisoes wedi darganfod ysgrifau cain Eluned Gramich ac rydym ni’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at ddatgelu rhagor o lenorion talentog y dyfodol.”

Ychwanegodd Ali Anwar, Rheolwr Gyfarwyddwr CADCentre UK: "Mae CADCentre yn falch iawn i gefnogi Gwobrau New Welsh Writing am yr ail dro, mae dathlu gwaith llenorion o Gymru a’r rhai sydd wedi’u haddysgu yma yn meithrin ac yn codi proffil ein doniau llenyddol. Dylai creu cysylltiadau rhwng y gymuned busnes a’r gymuned celfyddydau fod yn brofiad creadigol ac yn ysbrydoliaeth i’r ddwy gymuned, yn enwedig mewn gwlad sydd â pharch dwys a chynhenid at ddiwylliant.”

Noddir Gwobr Prifysgol De Cymru ar gyfer Ysgrifennu Taith: Gwobrau New Welsh Writing 2016 gan Brifysgol De Cymru a CADCentre UK. Mae New Welsh Review wedi creu partneriaeth gyda WME, Llyfrgell Gladstone a Chanolfan Ysgrifennu Tŷ Newydd ar gyfer y prosiect hwn. Cefnogir New Welsh Review Ltd drwy gyllid craidd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru a’i gynnal yn Adran Saesneg ac Ysgrifennu Creadigol Prifysgol Aberystwyth.





New Welsh Review is delighted to announce it will be running its New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 on the theme of travel writing in association with the University of South Wales and CADCentre UK and will be open for entries on 19 January 2016. The judges are New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies and award winning travel writer Rory MacLean, author of ten books including best sellers Stalin's Nose, Under the Dragon and Berlin: Imagine a City.

The Awards celebrate the best writing of short form non-fiction (5,000-30,000 words) from emerging and established writers based in Wales or who have been educated there. The New Welsh Writing Awards 2015: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment was won by Eluned Gramich for Woman Who Brings the Rain: A memoir of Hokkaido, Japan (published 15 October 2015, £2.99 Kindle ebook). Eluned said about her win: “This Prize has given me the confidence to treat my writing seriously. I’m now writing a novel again, and this time I am determined not to give up.”

First prize is £1,000 cash, e-publication by New Welsh Review on their New Welsh Rarebyte imprint in 2016, a positive critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at WME, as well as lunch with her in London. Second prize is a weeklong residential course in 2016 of the winner’s choice at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in Gwynedd, north Wales. Third prize is a weekend stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire, north Wales. All three winners will also receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. In addition New Welsh Review will consider the highly commended and shortlisted nominees for publication in a forthcoming edition of its creative magazine New Welsh Reader with an associated standard fee. 

The shortlist will be announced at an event at Hay Festival on 1 June 2016 and the winner at a ceremony at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on 7 July 2016. Full details, including terms and conditions, will be found online from 19 January 2016 at www.newwelshwritingawards.com.  

Gwen Davies, editor of New Welsh Review says: “Since economy and precision is what journals champion, it's right that these awards celebrate the shorter publishing formats that our digital age has made possible. When fellow judge, prize winning travel author Rory MacLean and myself make our adjudication next summer, I'm sure we will unveil a host of talent to add to the stable of writers on travel that have already found a home in the pages of the magazine. I hope that Rory's ambition, invention and stunning prose style will inspire newcomers to the genre and veteran travel hands alike.”

Co-judge Rory MacLean says “Only by experiencing the world from another person's point of view can we begin to understand that person or society.  Borders are bridged most powerfully by individuals, through characters and stories, by evoking empathy. Hence the enduring importance of travel and travel writing, and of this competition that goes to the very heart of the matter.”

Dr Nic Dunlop, Head of English at the University of South Wales, said: "We are delighted to be working with New Welsh Review to find the best writing talent in Wales and beyond. This Prize has already discovered Eluned Gramich’s beautifully crafted essay writing and we are very much looking forward to revealing more talented writers of the future."

Ali Anwar, Managing Director of CADCentre UK, added: "The CADCentre is delighted to support the New Welsh Writing Awards for a second time, celebrating the work of writers from Wales and those who are educated here nurtures and raises the profile of our writing talent. Building links between the business and the arts communities should be a creative experience and a source of inspiration for both, especially in a country which has a deep and innate respect for culture.”

The New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing is sponsored by the University of South Wales and CADCentre UK. New Welsh Review has also partnered with WME, Gladstone’s Library and Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for this project. New Welsh Review Ltd is supported through core funding by the Welsh Books Council and hosted by Aberystwyth University Department of English and Creative Writing.

For interview requests and review copies of Woman Who Brings the Rain by Eluned Gramich, please contact Megan Farr on marketing@newwelshreview.com or 07912149249.