List of the world's richest literary prizes

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Announcement of the Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the world's richest literary prize, at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm (2008)

Many literary awards attract a significant remuneration as part of their prize. This is a list of active literary awards from around the world with remunerations valued at least US$100,000, or equivalent.

Inclusion criteria[edit]

  • The award is active and is primarily focused on writing and the arts.
  • The remuneration is equal to or greater than US$100,000 or equivalent. Because fluctuating exchange rates move non-US dollar denominated awards in and out of the list over time, awards near this amount are also included.
  • The award is for any genre of writing (fiction, journalism, etc.) or award type (book or author).
  • The listed remuneration is for a single winner or co-winners. The list does not aggregate the total value of runner-ups and other prizes within the same award. For example the Prime Minister's Literary Awards is listed as A$100,000 even though it is composed of four prizes totaling A$400,000.

Prizes[edit]

Equivalent in US$
(June 2012)
Prize amount Prize name Type Host country Primary language Notes Ref(s)
1,142,000 !B9841050479003 kr 8,000,000 Nobel Prize for Literature Author Sweden Any There are five Nobel Prizes of 8 million kronor each. Reduced in 2012 from 10 million. [1][2]
759,000 !B9866953133991 601,000 Premio Planeta de Novela (winner) Book Spain Spanish See also runner-up of same prize. [3]
714,000 !B9845750515296 kr 5,000,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Author Sweden Any [4]
455,000 !B9872044559983 360,607 Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja Book Spain Spanish [5]
413,000 !B9852681987101 kr 2,500,000 International Ibsen Award Author* Norway Any Any drama and theater position eligible, not just writers. [6]
300,000 !B9873884622463 US$300,000 The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Author* United States English Open to all arts not just writers. [7]
272,000 !B9861844894420 AD1,000,000 Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature Book United Arab Emirates Arabic Prize split between author(s) and publisher. [8]
253,000 !B9877939273544 200,000 Premio Primavera de Novela Book Spain Spanish [9]
250,000 !B9875707838031 US$250,000 Carlos Fuentes International Prize for Literary Creation in the Spanish Language Author Mexico Spanish [10]
212,000 !B9864358048703 AD777,777 Sheikh Zayed Book Award Book United Arab Emirates Arabic 9 awards for a total of AD7,000,000 [11]
200,000 !B9877939273544 US$200,000 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation Author Saudi Arabia Arabic 5 awards of 200,000 each (1 million total) [12]
190,000 !B9880816094269 150,000 Premio Planeta de Novela (runner-up) Book Spain Spanish See also winner of same prize. [3]
175,000 !B9879274587470 US$175,000 Premio Alfaguara de Novela Book Spain Spanish [13]
170,000 !B9879447502442 kr 1,000,000 Sonning Prize Author* Denmark Any Open to all arts not just writers. [14]
158,000 !B9882639309837 125,000 Miguel de Cervantes Prize Author Spain Spanish [15]
158,000 !B9882639309837 125,000 RBA International Prize for Crime Writing Book Spain Any [16]
152,000 !B9883047529782 120,000 Premio de Novela Fernando Lara Book Spain Spanish [17]
150,000 !B9880816094269 US$150,000 Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes Book United States English Composed of seven to nine awards of $150,000 each. [18][19]
150,000 !B9880816094269 US$150,000 Lannan Literary Awards Author United States English Composed of three awards of $150,000 each. Prize amount last verified for 2007. [20]
150,000 !B9880816094269 US$150,000 FIL Literature Award Author Mexico Spanish [21]
126,000 !B9884870745350 100,000 Rómulo Gallegos Prize Book Venezuela Spanish [22]
126,000 !B9884870745350 100,000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Book Ireland English [23]
126,000 !B9884870745350 100,000 Premio Novela Histórica Alfonso X El Sabio Book Spain Spanish [24]
126,000 !B9884870745350 100,000 Camões Prize Author Portugal
Brazil
Portuguese [25]
126,000 !B9838819043490 ¥10,000,000 Yokomizo Seishi Prize Book Japan Japanese [26]
110,000 !B9882639309837 A$125,000 Victorian Prize for Literature Book Australia English $25,000 winner in each category + $100,000 for overall winner. [27]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Premio de Traducción Literaria Tomás Segovia Author Mexico Spanish Translator award [28]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature Book Nigeria English [29][30]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award Author United States English [31]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Author United States English [32][33]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Wallace Stevens Award Author United States English [34]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Book United States English [35]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Author United States English [36]
100,000 !B9884870745350 US$100,000 Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards Author United Arab Emirates Arabic Composed of five awards of $100,000 each. [37]
97,000 !B9877939273544 R$200,000 São Paulo Prize for Literature Book Brazil Portuguese Two awards of R$200,000 each. [38]
93,000 !B9889979001587 GB£60,000 Man Booker International Prize Book England English [39]
85,000 !B9868776366225 kr 500,000 Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award Author Denmark Any [40][41]
Key
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  • Author*: Award is not literary-specific but has some literary winners.
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The following awards have a superlative claim within certain defined categories, as described and sourced in the Notes column.

Equivalent in US$ Prize amount Prize name Type Host country Primary language Claim
714,000 (June 2012) !B9845750515296 kr 5,000,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Children's literature Sweden Any The richest children's literature prize in the world.[42]
158,000 (June 2012) !B9882639309837 125,000 RBA International Prize for Crime Writing Crime fiction Spain Any "The world's most lucrative crime fiction prize." [16]
50,000 (Sept. 2012) !B9891802217155 CA$50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize Poetry Canada Any Thought to be the world's richest award for a single-poem.[43]
48,000 (Jan. 2013) !B9896910473393 GB£30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award Short story United Kingdom English "The world's richest short story prize" (single short story).[44]
38,000 (May 2013) !B9898733688961 GB£25,000 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award Short story collection Ireland English "The world's richest award for a single short-story collection".[45]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Size of the Nobel Prize Is Being Reduced to Safeguard Long-Term Capital". Nobel official website. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nobel Prize Amounts". Nobel website. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Javier Moro Wins Spain’s Planeta Prize". Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dutch author Guus Kuijer wins Astrid Lindgren memorial award", Alison Flood, The Guardian, 20 March 2012. Quote: "... the world's richest children's books prize, the Astrid Lindgren memorial award."
  5. ^ Martín Garzo, gana el segundo premio de novela más cuantioso
  6. ^ "International Ibsen Award". International Ibsen Award. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Daniel Wakin (September 7, 2011). "Trisha Brown Wins Gish Prize". New York Times. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Egyptian author wins Etisalat children’s literature award". Khaleej Times. 17 November 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Premio Primavera de Novela website". PlanetadeLibros. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Carlos Fuentes Literary Prize Created". Latin American Herald Tribune. July 4, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Government founds 1m [pounds sterling] book prize." The Bookseller 2 Mar. 2007: 18. Literature Resource Center. Web. 8 Oct. 2012. GALE|A164104106
  12. ^ Werner Bloch (October 19, 2012). "Big Words, Big Prize-Money". Qantara.de. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ Juan Gabriel Vásquez ganó el premio Alfaguara de novela
  14. ^ "Sonning Prize at the University of Copenhagen". University of Copenhagen. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ David Carr (November 27, 2008). "Marse Wins Cervantes Prize". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Giles Tremlett (3 September 2009). "Philip Kerr wins €125,000 RBA crime writing prize". The Guardian. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Premio de Novela Fernando Lara". PlanetadeLibros. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ Charles McGrath. "A Writer’s Estate to Yield $150,000 Literary Prizes", New York Times, June 17, 2011.
  19. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (June 20, 2011). "Yale to launch $150,000 writing award". LA Times. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Mike Davis recognized for literary achievements". UC Irvine. November 9, 2007. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  21. ^ "FIL Prize in Romance Languages". Poets&Writers. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ Alfonso Fernandez (2008). "Colombia’s Ospina Receives Romulo Gallegos Lit Prize in Venezuela". Latin American Herald Tribune. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Dutch writer wins world's biggest literature prize". DutchNews.nl. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "Premio Novela Histórica Alfonso X El Sabio". PlanetadeLibros. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Literature: Brazilian author Dalton Trevisan awarded “Camões Prize” – Portugal". Portuguese American Journal. 22 May 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Japanese Literary Awards". Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  27. ^ Jason Steger (January 28, 2014). "Liquid Nitrogen poet Jennifer Maiden wins Australia's richest literature prize". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Mexico creates prize to honor literary translators". Fox News. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  29. ^ The Nigeria Prize for Literature Competition, official website.
  30. ^ Tolulope Odeyemi. "On the hundred thousand dollar prize", Next, June 26, 2011
  31. ^ "Max Hastings Receives 2012 Pritzker Military Award". Publishers Weekly. Jun 19, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Awards", webpage maintained by The Poetry Foundation. Online version retrieved May 22, 2008.
  33. ^ Kinzer, Stephen (2004). "Poetry Starts to Wear $100 Million Crown", The New York Times October 7, 2004. Online version retrieved May 22, 2008.
  34. ^ "Wallace Stevens Award". Academy of American Poets. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  35. ^ Dennis Hevesi (August 10, 2012). "Sami Rohr, Jewish Philanthropist Remembered by a Writing Prize, Dies at 86". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  36. ^ Dave Itzkoff (February 3, 2010). "$100,000 Poetry Prize Goes to D. A. Powell". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  37. ^ Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Award for Scientific and Cultural Achievement, award criteria for Scientific and Cultural Achievement
  38. ^ Maria Fernanda Rodrigues (June 16, 2011). "R$200,000 São Paulo Literary Award Shortlist Announced". PublishNewsBrazil. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Spark heads world Booker nominees". BBC News (BBC). 18 February 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  40. ^ "JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen literature award". The Guardian. 20 October 2010. Retrieved September 30, 3012. 
  41. ^ "Harry Potter author JK Rowling wins Hans Christian Andersen award". The Telegraph. 19 Oct 2010. Retrieved September 30, 3012. 
  42. ^ Claire Armitstead (29 March 2011). "Shaun Tan wins Astrid Lindgren prize". The Guardian. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  43. ^ Jeff Heinrich (March 31, 2011). "Your key to winning $50,000? Pure poetry". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 7, 2011. "We realized that there's nothing on that scale for just one poem. And so there was an opportunity there. And when we started to think of it globally, that’s when we realized how unique it could be." 
  44. ^ Staff writer (19 February 2012). "OMG: Text speak short story in running for £30,000 prize". The Telegraph. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  45. ^ Alison Flood (31 May 2013). "Frank O'Connor short story award pits UK authors against international stars". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2013.