Posted on 05/14/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Congratulations to the 2021 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize: Luster, by Raven Leilani.

The award is among the most prestigious for young writers and honors the best international literature from those thirty-nine (the age at which Dylan Thomas died) and younger.

Leilani was given the the £20,000 (about $27,500) prize in a virtual ceremony Thursday.

"Very early in my life, Dylan Thomas’ work was an enormous comfort and inspiration to me, so this is an incredible honour and affirmation," she said, according to a statement announcing her win.

In the same statement, the chair of judges described Luster as an "accomplished and fearless novel."

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