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Carys Davies is the author of a novel, West, shortlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize, the 2019 Society of Authors' McKitterick Prize, and the 2019 Wales Book of the Year. 

She is also the author of two collections of short stories, Some New Ambush and The Redemption of Galen Pike, which won the 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. She is the recipient of the Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Pritchett Prize, the Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award, a Northern Writers’ Award, a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, and is a member of the Folio Academy. 


Her short stories have been nominated for many other awards, including the Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize. They have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and widely published in magazines and anthologies, including GrantaThe Dublin Review, and Love, Loss & The Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories. 

She has curated the short fiction program at Lancaster Litfest, been a mentor for New Writing North, and was the city of Cork's 2018 Frank O'Connor Short Story Fellow, working with local writers and teaching on University College's Creative Writing MA. She was a judge for the New York Public LIbrary's 2018 Young Lions Fiction Award and is currently on the judging panel for the 2019 Sunday TImes Audible Short Story Award.

Her non-fiction has appeared in The GuardianGrantaThe London Evening Standard, Marie Claire, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph and The Times.  

Born in Wales, she grew up there and in the Midlands, lived and worked for twelve years in New York and Chicago, and now lives in Edinburgh.