Faroese Literature Prize

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The Faroese Literature Prize, also known as the Mentanarvirðisløn M. A. Jacobsens (M. A. Jacobsen's Cultural Award), is a prize for Faroese literature that was begun by the Tórshavnar kommuna (Tórshavn City Council) in 1958. Its winners include Heðin Brú, Jákup Pauli Gregoriussen, Jóanes Nielsen and Kristian Blak. The prize is always awarded at a ceremony in Tórshavn on 17 September or a day close to 17 September, which is the birthday of Mads Andreas Jacobsen. M. A. Jacobsen was a Faroese politician and librarian who headed the National Library of the Faroe Islands, then called Færø Amts Bibliotek in Danish but later renamed Landsbókasavnið, in Faroese. M. A. Jacobsen was the mayor of Tórshavn and a member of the Løgting (the Faroese parliament). The M. A. Jacobsen Prize was at first only for writers, but was later expanded to three categories: one award for Faroese fiction, one for Faroese nonfiction and one for other cultural achievements. In 2012 the prize was worth 35,000 Danish kroner.

Another Faroese cultural prize, called Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins (Faroese Cultural Prize), is currently worth 150,000 DKK. In addition the Heiðursgáva landsins (The Faroese Cultural Department's Award of Honour) as of 2012 is worth 75,000 DKK.[1]

List of Faroese Literature Prize winners[edit]

  Fiction Non-fiction literature Other Cultural Achievement
2013 Katrin Ottarsdóttir Poul Jespersen Turið Sigurðardóttir
2012 Jóanes Nielsen Eivind Weyhe Jens-Kjeld Jensen[2]
2011 Non Nicolina Beder Jensen Jógvan Isaksen[3]
2010 Tóroddur Poulsen for Útsýni.[4] Rógvi Mouritsen for Fiskar undir Føroyum Bjørki Geyti fyri Føroya Sjósavn[5]
2009 Vida Akselsdóttir Højgaard[6] Birgar Johannessen for Havnin - fólk og yrki[7] Arnbjørn Ólavsson Dalsgarð and Oddfríður Marni Rasmussen for the literary magazine Vencil[8]
2008 Sólrún Michelsen Hanus Kjølbro Anna Kirstin Thomsen
2007 Martin Joensen Petur Jacob Sigvardsen Laura Joensen
2006 Carl Jóhan Jensen Guðrun Gaard Ebba Hentze
2005 Non Turið Kjølbro Jón Tyril
2004 Sigri Mitra Gaïni Gianfranco Contri Mortan Winther Poulsen
2003 Non Marianne Clausen Vilhelm Magnussen
2002 Oddvør Johansen Andras Mortensen Kristian Blak
2001 Annfinnur í Skála Bogi Hansen Zacharias Hammer
2000 Oddfríður Marni Rasmussen Zakarias Wang Rigmor Restorff
1999 Non Dorete Bloch Martin Tórgarð
1998 Non Jákup Pauli Gregoriussen Frits Johannesen
1997 Petur Jensen Doris Hansen Ólavur Hátún
1996 Non Elin Súsanna Jacobsen Árni Dahl
1995 Kári P. Martin Næs Non
1994 Non Jógvan Isaksen Non
1993 Jens Pauli Heinesen Malan Marnersdóttir Oskar Hermannsson
1992 Tóroddur Poulsen Non Non
1991 Bárður Jákupsson Jóhan Hendrik Winther Poulsen Non
1990 D. P. Danielsen Svenning Tausen Non
1989 Carl Jóhan Jensen Axel Tórgarð Non
1988 Rói Patursson Sigurd Berghamar Karsten Hoydal
1987 Astrid Joensen Eyðun Andreassen Sigurð Joensen
1986 Hanus Andreassen Hans Jacob Debes Non
1985 Heðin M. Klein Niels Juel Arge Kristian O. Viderø
1984 Jóanes Nielsen Jóhannes av Skarði Non
1983 Oddvør Johansen Jørgen M. Olsen Petur W. Háberg
1982 Gunnar Hoydal Jóannes Rasmussen Non
1981 Steinbjørn B. Jacobsen Erlendur Patursson Non
1980 Christian Matras Hanus Andreassen Non
1979 Regin Dahl Bjarni Niclasen Non
1978 Hans Thomsen Maria Eide Petersen Non
1977 Alexandur Kristiansen Jeffrei Henriksen Non
1976 Richard Long Óluva Skaale and
Marius Johannesen
Non
1975 William Heinesen Sámal Johansen Non
1974 Guðrið Helmsdal Jákup í Jákupsstovu Non
1973 Jens Pauli Heinesen and
Regin Dahl
Einar Joensen, Poul Petersen
og Katrina Østerø
Non
1972 Non Non Non
1971 Non Non Non
1970 Non Non Non
1969 Jens Pauli Heinesen and
Rói Patursson
Hans J. Glerfoss and
Hanus D. Joensen
Non

M.A. Jacobsens's Awards Before 1969[edit]

1968 Robert Joensen
1967 Johanna Maria Skylv-Hansen
1966 Hans Dalsgaard and Jógvan Símun Hansen
1965 Christian Matras and Páll J. Nolsøe
1964 Heðin Brú
1963 Poul F. Joensen
1962 Martin Joensen
1961 Karsten Hoydal
1960 Valdemar Poulsen
1959 R. K. Rasmussen and Jens Pauli Heinesen
1958 Jóan Christian Poulsen and T.N. Djurhuus

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