Awards: Dylan Thomas Winner; Indie Book Shortlists

God's Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu has won the £20,000 (about $24,900) 2023 Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize, which honors "the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under."

Chair of judges Di Speirs said: "We were unanimous in our praise and admiration for this exhilarating collection of nine stories. Arinze Ifeakandu's debut shines with maturity, the writing bold, refreshing and exacting but never afraid to linger and to allow characters and situations to develop and change, so that the longer stories are almost novels in themselves. Kaleidoscopic reflection of queer life and love in Nigeria, the constraints, the dangers and the humanity, this is a collection that we wanted to press into many readers' hands around the world and which left us excited to know what Arinze Ifeakandu will write next."


Shortlists in four categories have been selected for the 2023 Indie Book Awards and can be seen here. Winners will be announced on June 23 during Independent Bookshop Week, which is part of the Booksellers Association of the U.K. and Ireland's Books Are My Bag campaign. Winners and shortlisted titles will be promoted at indie bookshops in the U.K. and Ireland.

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