Swansea University announced the longlist for the annual Dylan Thomas Prize, with Nathan Harris, Patricia Lockwood and Caleb Azumah Nelson as authors vying for the prize.
Harris was nominated for his debut novel The sweetness of waterwho was previously long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.
Lockwood made the longlist for No one is talking about thisa Booker Prize finalist, and Nelson was nominated for open waterwho won the Costa First Novel Award.
Other fiction writers nominated for the award were Brandon Taylor for dirty animalsDantiel W. Moniz for Milk Blood HeatAnuk Arudpragasam for A passage to the northTice Cin for HouseholdFiona Mozley for Hot StewMegan Nolan for Acts of despairand Helen Oyeyemi for Peace†
Two poets made the longlist: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe for Omens of a little Godand Desiree C. Bailey for her National Book Award finalist collection What sound against the stick?†
Launched in 2006, the Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded annually to an English-language book written by an author under the age of 40. Past winners have included Claire Vaye Watkins for battlebornMax Porter for Sadness is the thing with feathersand Raven Leilani for shine†
The shortlist for this year’s award will be announced on March 31, with the winner announced at a ceremony in Swansea, Wales on May 12.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.