The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition is a distinguished national writing competition for writers born or living in Wales. Originally established in 1991, we are delighted to manage this prestigious award on behalf of The Rhys Davies Trust and in association with Parthian Books.

About Rhys Davies

Rhys Davies as a young man

Born in Blaenclydach, near Tonypandy in the Rhondda, in 1901, Rhys Davies was among the most dedicated, prolific, and accomplished of Welsh prose-writers in English. With unswerving devotion and scant regard for commercial success, he practised the writer’s craft for some fifty years, in both the short story and the novel form, publishing in his lifetime a substantial body of work on which his literary reputation now firmly rests. He wrote, in all, more than a hundred stories, twenty novels, three novellas, two topographical books about Wales, two plays, and an autobiography. 

Awards

  • 1st Prize - £1,000 sterling and publication in a short story anthology to be published by Parthian Books in 2022.

  • 11 x Runners-up/Finalist Prizes - £100 each and publication in a short story anthology to be published by Parthian Books in 2022.

The 2022 Finalists

Lindsay Gillespie

Born in South Wales, Lindsay Gillespie now lives in the South Downs. In between she worked in India and Japan. In 2021, she was a Costa Short Story Prize Finalist, shortlisted for Fiction Factory and Oxford Flash Fiction and longlisted for Exeter Short Story Prize. She was interviewed on Storyradio in March 2022 and her stories have also featured on the podcast. She is completing her debut short story collection.

Twitter: @LindsGillesp14

Bethan James - photo by Donna Ford

Bethan James is a freelance writer and former book publicist from the Vale of Glamorgan. In 2021, she was selected to represent Wales in the United Nations' global feminist fairytale retellings anthology, Awake Not Sleeping. Other achievements include: a winner in Neil Gaiman & Word Factory’s Fables for a Modern World contest; shortlisted for the Bristol Prize; and published by Litro Magazine, among others. Bethan is working on her debut novel represented by DHH Literary Agency.

Twitter: @thebethanjames
Instagram: @bethan_n_james 

Meredith Miller

Meredith Miller grew up in New York and moved to Britain in 1997. She is the author of two published novels, Little Wrecks (2017) and How We Learned to Lie (2018) as well as several short stories and a body of literary criticism. A Welsh learner, Meredith is an avid reader of Welsh fiction in both English and Cymraeg. She lives in midWales and teaches and supervises Creative Writing at Cardiff University. 

Twitter: @meredithseven

Laura Morris

Laura Morris is from Caerphilly. She has an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Wales, Bangor. Her work has been published by Honno Press and broadcast on Radio 4. Recent short stories have appeared in The Lonely Crowd and Banshee. She lives in Cardiff where she teaches English at a Welsh medium secondary school.

Twitter: @MorrisLau

Jonathan Page

Jonathan Page lives in Bronllys, close to the Black Mountains. He works as a technical author and writes literary fiction in his spare time. His short stories have appeared in six anthologies since 2015, and his story Sacrifice won the Hay Writers Prize in 2018. His first novel, Blue Woman, the life story of a fictional Welsh artist, was published in April 2022 by Weatherglass Books. He has written about Blue Woman for both Wales Arts Review and New Welsh Review.

Twitter: @JonPage30363996

Matthew G. Rees

Matthew G. Rees grew up in the border country known as the Marches in a Welsh family with roots in both industrial and rural Wales. He has – among other things – been a journalist, a teacher and a night-shift cab driver. His first book Keyhole, a collection of short stories set in Wales and the Marches, was published in 2019. His most recent book is The Snow Leopard of Moscow & Other Stories, a collection of stories set in Putin-era Moscow where Matthew lived and worked for a period prior to a PhD and other studies at Swansea University. 

Twitter: @ReesMatthewG

Eryl Samuel

Eryl Samuel lives near Cardiff where he was born and brought up. He currently works as a school improvement partner with schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. His first collection of short stories, Words are Like Birds, was published in 2021. He has also written a novel, Cat’s Eyes, published in 2020. A second volume of short stories is in the pipeline for publication by the end of the year.

Twitter: @afoldintheworld

Matthew David Scott

Matthew David Scott is from Manchester, England but made Wales his home some twenty years ago. He is the author of two novels: the Dylan Thomas Prize longlisted Playing Mercy (Parthian 2005) and The Ground Remembers(Parthian 2009). A founder member of theatre company, Slung Low, Matthew’s work has been performed at theatres such as The Barbican, The Almeida, The Everyman, and in fields, car parks and town centres across the U.K. He lives in Newport. 

Twitter: @scottyslunglow

Carys Shannon

Carys Shannon is originally from the North Gower in Swansea and now works remotely between Spain and Wales as a digital storyteller and content writer. Carys studied Drama at Aberystwyth University before going on to work as a producer for National Theatre Wales, Volcano Theatre Company and other socially engaged arts projects. In 2017, she graduated from the University of South Wales with an MPhil in Writing, and has had short stories published by Honno Press, Parthian Books and most recently, Mslexia Magazine. She is currently finishing her first novel which has been longlisted for the Bath and Mslexia Novel Awards and shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel award. A passionate animals rights advocate and vegan, Carys believes stories have the power to change the world. 

Twitter: @WriterCarys

Anthony Shapland

Anthony Shapland grew up in Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley. His work, as a writer, artist and filmmaker blends documentary and fiction, building on his sense that the world is constructed in the same way as a film set - constantly evolving and temporary. The landscape of his childhood was in massive upheaval and change. In parallel, coming out was complex in a world that was only just shifting its moral and legal attitudes, making blending-in a survival strategy. 

Alongside writing and exhibiting, he is Co-founder of g39, an artist-led space in Cardiff, where he works. Recently he was on the judging panel for Artes Mundi 8, a selector for Jerwood Arts SurveyII, and served on the Wales in Venice committee. He is currently part of the Representing Wales 2022 Cohort on a mentoring and support programme run by Literature Wales. 

Web: anthonyshapland.com
Twitter: @anthonyshapland 

Satterday Shaw

Satterday Shaw’s work has been printed in Meniscus, Mslexia, The London Magazine, a Chawton House anthology, Wasafiri, The Yellow Room and other publications, with stories coming out in a future issue of Stand and a Fly on the Wall anthology. Her short fiction has won the Ilkley Festival Short Story Competition and a New Writing North award. Her novels are represented by David Grossman Literary Agency, London, which is seeking a publisher. Shaw lives in Harlech, lle mae hi’n ddysgu Cymraeg.

Daniel Patrick Luke Strogen

Daniel Patrick Luke Strogen was born in Swansea and grew up in Port Talbot. He has recently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swansea University. Now, post-graduation, he is beginning his training as a schoolteacher. As a student of linguistics, he won the Babel Young Writers’ Competition in 2021 for his article on language use in the media. He has been writing since childhood, but ‘Cracked/Duck’ is his first short story.

Twitter: @DanielStrogen

2022 Judge

Rachel Trezise is a novelist and playwright from the Rhondda Valley. Her debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl won a place on the Orange Futures List in 2002. In 2006 her first short fiction collection Fresh Apples won the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her second short fiction collection Cosmic Latte won the Edge Hill Prize Readers Award in 2014. Her most recent play ‘Cotton Fingers’ toured Ireland and Wales and won the Summerhall Lustrum Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. Her most recent novel Easy Meat came out in 2021.

Twitter: @RachelTrezise

Rachel Trezise