Kate Elizabeth Russell's My Dark Vanessa has been shortlisted for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2021.
Worth £20,000, it is one of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes as well as one of the world’s largest literary prizes for young writers. Awarded for the best published literary work in the English language written by an author aged 39 or under, the prize celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including poetry, novels, short stories and drama.
The shortlist comprises of five novels and one short story collection, including four debuts and four women. The prize announcement describes My Dark Vanessa as 'an era-defining novel'.
The full announcement can be found here. The winner will be announced on May 13.