Press Releases 2014-2015

Deadline Looms for Two Major International Arts Awards


Dylan Thomas CentenaryTime is running out for the poets and artists who wish to enter their work in University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) two major international award competitions, initiated to coincide with the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations this year.

Last year the University launched its inaugural ‘UWTSD Dylan Thomas Awards’ which will take place this July and will include the ‘Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award’ and the ‘Dylan Thomas International Glass Award’.
The deadline for the poetry award is Monday 31st March while the glass competition will end on Thursday 1st May.

The Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award will be judged by world-renowned Welsh poets Grahame Davies and Menna Elfyn. Grahame Davies is a Welsh poet, novelist, editor and literary critic, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. Menna Elfyn is an award-winning poet and playwright who has written over twenty books and whose work has been translated into twenty languages. She is the best known and most translated of all modern Welsh-language poets and is programme director of UWTSD’s MA in Creative Writing.

The ‘Dylan Thomas International Glass Award’ will be judged by: Hannah Ellis, Dylan Thomas’ granddaughter; Glenys Cour, one of Wales’ greatest colourist artists; Caroline Benyon, Chairwoman of the British Society of Master Glass Painters; Professor Medwin Hughes, UWTSD Vice-Chancellor.

The creative writing programmes at UWTSD in Carmarthen and Lampeter have an enviable reputation for encouraging and developing new writing. As a part of the ‘Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award’, poets from around the world have been invited to submit a single, previously unpublished, English language poem in response to the word ‘Harmony’. After the deadline, the judges will draw up a shortlist of poems, from which a winner will be chosen and a £2000 prize will be awarded.

UWTSD’s Swansea School of Glass has established an international reputation in glass education and is the only architecturally based glass school in the world. Glass artists worldwide have been invited to submit designs for a 40cm x 40cm decorative or stained glass panel, also in response to the word ‘Harmony’. From the entries the judging panel will shortlist works to be exhibited at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum between July and October 2014. A prize of £1000 will be presented to the winner.

Both awards will culminate in a special awards evening at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, in July 2014, when the winners will be announced.
As well as cash prizes the winning poet and glass artist will be invited to be commissioned, by the University, for a combined piece of work as a tribute to Dylan Thomas. The shortlisted poems will be welcomed for inclusion in a publication celebrating both international awards.

For detailed briefs of both international awards, and information about all of UWTSD’s centenary events, visit

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 07872 423788 or email
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788 or email