Dafydd Mills Daniel – shortlisted for Society of Authors’ Award


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Congratulations to Dafydd Mills Daniel – shortlisted for Society of Authors’ Award


Dr Dafydd Mills Daniel has been shortlisted for the Society of Authors' ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award 2021


Dafydd is one of only six authors shortlisted for the prize, awarded for a short story by a writer who has had at least one short story accepted for publication. 

This year, the prize was judged by Claire Fuller, Sophie Haydock, Billy Kahora, Ardashir Vakil, and Mary Watson. 

ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award judge Ardashir Vakil commended the shortlisted works for being ‘beautifully crafted, quirky, atmospheric and touching’, ‘tightly structured’, ‘highly original’, and ‘expertly narrated, both light and troubling’. 


Dafydd's short story, ‘What The Deal Is’, is available in The Bridport Prize Anthology 2020, having also been awarded 3rd place on the 2020 Bridport Prize. 

The Bridport Prize judge, Nell Leyshon, described Dafydd's story as follows: 

"The story I chose for third prize, What The Deal Is, is a highly musical piece with a truly original voice. Each paragraph is one sentence and the layout and punctuation are original and add to the musicality. 

It tells us how human beings are treated, how human society is ordered. It felt like a microcosm of the world...It is at once a horrible mirror on the world and a brilliant piece of writing which contains 'all kinds of cruel imaginings'." 


Here is an extract: 

Sheriff said there was nothing unusual in that for him and he’s right most often about that 

you don’t know what it is but people will lead you over to their own evil without a word 

like they expect that it’s gone away or that you might not even notice it for what it is when you get there 

like maybe they hadn’t noticed it for what it was themselves yet and so didn’t think one odd thought about it 

yes that’s what the Sheriff said even about this Mexican 

said that he’d known people doing things that guess the people coming asking are the law so that they done clean their way out so when they stay they haven’t guessed it yet 

or it’s just that you get to doing something long enough no matter what it is that it just don’t seem like it’s gonna end 

it seems like it’s complete and real and everlasting and as solid as the fist in your hand and to doubt it being allowed to go on is like doubting yourself and the colour of dirt