European Union Prize for Literature

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Not to be confused with the European Prize for Literature.

European Union Prize for Literature (established in 2009) is a European Union literary award. The award is funded and founded by the Culture Programme of the European Union, and is coordinated by a Consortium, selected by a Commission.[1] The Consortium is composed of the European Booksellers Federation, the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers.[1] The Consortium sets up the national juries and organizes the awards.

Each year 11 or 12 countries are selected to be part of the award, national juries are selected for each country, and each countries jury then selects a winner.[1] After three years of rotation, all countries will have been included. Countries eligible for inclusion include:[1]

  • The 28 Member States of the European Union (as of 2013)
  • The 3 EEA countries: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
  • The candidate countries for accession to the EU: Turkey, Montenegro, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia
  • Potential candidate country for accession to the EU: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Each winner receives €5,000 and their books are given support for translation funding, as well as promotion.[1]


Winners for 2009 were announced November 2009.[1]


Winners for 2010 were announced 18 November 2010.[1][2]


Winners for 2011 were announced 11 October 2011.[3][4]


The awards ceremony was in Brussels on 22 October 2012.[5]


The winners were announced on 26 September 2013. The ceremony was in Brussels on 26 November 2013.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g European Union Prize for Literature, official website
  2. ^ "Winners of 2010 EU Prize for Literature honoured at award ceremony." European Union News 22 Nov. 2010. Infotrac Newsstand. Retrieved 11 Oct. 2012.
  3. ^ "Winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature". 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  4. ^ "Winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for literature." European Union News 11 Oct. 2011. General OneFile. Retrieved 11 Oct. 2012.
  5. ^ "EU Prize for Literature picks 12-to-read". Euronews. 9 October 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Elana Ralli (26 September 2013). "Announcing the winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature". New Europe. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Staff writer (September 26, 2013). "Winners of 2013 European Union Prize for Literature announced at Göteborg Book Fair". EU Reporter Magazine. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 

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