Eleanor Catton up for Dylan Thomas Prize

STELLAR RISE: Eleanor Catton's novel The Luminaries has been a global hit.
STELLAR RISE: Eleanor Catton's novel The Luminaries has been a global hit.

Kiwi Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton has been short-listed for another prestigious award, the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize - the world's biggest literary prize for young writers, the UK's Daily Telegraph reports.

The short list was announced this morning in Swansea, Wales, the home of poet Thomas.

The £30,000 (NZ$59,000) prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language written by an author aged 39 or under.

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Launched in 2006, the annual International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers. It celebrates international literary excellence.

The finalists include authors from England, Ireland and Jamaica.

This year's prize is particularly significant as 2014 is the centenary of Thomas' birth.

"The prize revels in its international perspective, which reflects the way in which the English language is used by writers around the world," said Peter Stead, founder and president of the International Dylan Thomas Prize.

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