Wynn Thomas Prize 2016

The M. Wynn Thomas Prize is offered to celebrate outstanding scholarly work in the field of Welsh writing in English. There are two prize categories: the ‘Open’ category and the ‘New Scholars’ category. Essays submitted may be unpublished or published, in English or in Welsh. Published essays should be from 2015/16. Topics may include all aspects of Welsh writing in English as well as the inter-relationship of Welsh writing in English with cognate areas (Welsh Studies, history, cultural studies, film/media studies, translation studies, performance/theatre studies, digital humanities, comparative literature etc.). The judging panel for the 2016 Prize will be Dr Heather Williams (University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth), Dr Emma Schofield (Cardiff University) and Dr Alyce von Rothkirch (Swansea University).

The prize is awarded for a piece of substantial scholarship that is engagingly written. We encourage submissions that are ground-breaking in terms of subject-matter and/or methodology/disciplinarity. Essays that grapple with new ideas in an intelligent and conceptualised way are preferred. The prize will be awarded at the annual conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English, 1-3 April 2016, Gregynog Hall, nr. Newtown, Powys.


Prize categories:

‘Open’ Category

Essays in this category will be ca. 6,000-8,000 words long, of the highest scholarly quality and either already published in, or of a standard appropriate to an international, peer-reviewed journal. Authors may be academics or scholars, who are not affiliated with an HE institution.

Prize: £150 and a full set of the Library of Wales series of books published by Parthian.

 ‘New Scholars’ Category

Essays in this category will be ca. 4,000-7,000 words long and of highly developed scholarly quality appropriate to the author’s level of (postgraduate) study. Authors may be postgraduate students or students who have recently graduated.


Prize: £150 and a full set of the Library of Wales series of books published by Parthian.



How to take part:

Please submit your own published or unpublished work, or please nominate the work of someone else, which you feel meets the criteria and ought to be recognised. This can also be published or unpublished work – why don’t you nominate that great article you’ve read in the course of your research?

Deadline extended:

Essays must be submitted by email or by post by 15 January 2016.


Contact Alyce von Rothkirch for more information, to submit your work or to nominate someone else’s work:

Dr Alyce von Rothkirch

DACE, Swansea University

Singleton Park

Swansea SA2 8PP



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