The prize is worth a cool £30,000 to one of these six shortlisted books:
Kayo Chingonyi (Zambia)
Underpinned by a love of music, language and literature, here is a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.
Carmen Maria Machado (USA)
First Love (Granta)
Neve is a writer in her mid-30s married to an older man, Edwyn. For now they are in a place of relative peace, but their past battles have left scars. As Neve recalls the decisions that led her to this marriage, she tells of other loves and other debts, from her bullying father and her self-involved mother to a musician who played her and a series of lonely flights from place to place.Drawing the reader into the battleground of her relationship, Neve spins a story of helplessness and hostility, an ongoing conflict in which both husband and wife have played a part. But is this, nonetheless, also a story of love?
Sally Rooney (Ireland)
Emily Ruskovich (USA)
But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.
That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.
Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done
And what her daddy will do when he finds out …
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn't enough.
The winner will be announced on 10th May. Follow @dylanthomprize and the hashtag #IDTP18 on twitter for more information