book of the year WBOY People's Choice 2022

Wales Book of the Year 2022 People’s Choice – VOTE NOW


It’s officially July, which means it’s time for Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award 2022. The national prize celebrates the best literary works in Wales with awards for both Welsh and English Language titles across four categories. Wales Arts Review is delighted to be sponsoring and hosting the People’s Choice Award once again – where you, the public, get to have your say. Keep reading to see the 2022 shortlist and then cast your vote below.

This year there are twelve awards in total with a collective prize fund of £14,000. In both Welsh and English there are four category winners, one People’s Choice winner and one overall winner. The four categories are: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Children & Young People. Within both languages, one prize is awarded for each of the four categories, one as the People’s Choice and one as the overall winner. The overall winner will be selected from the category winners and will claim the title Wales Book of the Year 2022.

Now, it’s time for you to have your say by casting your vote in the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award 2022. Submit your vote below for your choice of overall best book across the four categories – voting closes at midnight on 25th July!

See the full list of the titles shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2022 below.

Children & Young People

Daydreams and Jellybeans by Alex Wharton (Firefly Press)

The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc)

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell (Usborne)


The Journey is Home by John Sam Jones (Parthian Books)

Roots Home by Gillian Clarke (Carcanet Press)

The Long Field by Pamela Petro (Little Toller Books)


Pain Sluts by Sian Hughes (Storgy Books)

I Am the Mask Maker and other stories by Rhiannon Lewis (Victorina Press)

Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed (Viking, Penguin Random House)

English@Bangor Uni Poetry Award

Inhale/Exile by Abeer Ameer (Seren)

A Voice Coming From Then by Jeremy Dixon (Arachne Press)

The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette by Angela Gardner (Shearsman Books Ltd)

What happens next?

All four category winners – including he People’s Choice Award and Overall English-language Wales Book of the Year Winner 2022 – will be announced via BBC Radio Wales’ The Arts Show on 29th July. Make sure to get your votes in before voting closes on 25th July!

Wales Book of the Year has been run by Literature Wales since 2004, during which time some of Wales’ most renowned writers have been celebrated alongside brilliant new talents.

A total prize fund of £14,000 will be distributed to the winning writers. Each category winner will receive a prize of £1,000 and the main award winners will receive a further £3,000. Each winner will also receive an iconic Wales Book of the Year trophy designed by the installation artist and blacksmith Angharad Pearce Jones.


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