Nordic Council's Literature Prize

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Nordic Council Literature Prize
Awarded for "a work of imaginative literature written in one of the Nordic languages"
Date Annual, winner announced in the spring
Country Nordic countries
Presented by Nordic Council
Reward DKK 350,000
First awarded 1962

The Nordic Council Literature Prize is awarded for a work of literature written in one of the languages of the Nordic countries, that meets "high literary and artistic standards".[1] Established in 1962, the prize is awarded every year, and is worth 350,000 Danish kroner (2008).[1] Eligible works are typically novels, plays, collections of poetry, short stories or essays, or other works that were published for the first time during the last four years, or in the case of works written in Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish, within the last two years. The prize is one of the most prestigious awards that Nordic authors can win.

The winner is chosen by an adjudication committee appointed by the Nordic Council. The committee consists of ten members, two each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The committee members are generally experts in their own country's literature, as well as their neighbouring countries.[1] In addition to the regular members, additional members may be added to the committee if works are nominated from Åland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland or the Sami language area. Apart from the monetary award, the intent of the prize is also to "increase interest in the literature of neighbouring countries as well in Nordic cultural fellowship".[1]

Committee members as of 2011[edit]

List of winners[edit]

The following is a complete list of recipients of the Nordic Council Literature Prize:[2]

Year English title Original title Author Country Ref
1962 The Days of His Grace Hans nådes tid Johnson, EyvindEyvind Johnson  Sweden
1963 Under the North Star 3: Reconciliation Täällä Pohjantähden alla 3 Linna, VainoVäinö Linna  Finland
1964 The Ice Palace Is-slottet Vesaas, TarjeiTarjei Vesaas  Norway
1965 From Hell to Paradise Från Helvetet till Paradiset Lagercrantz, OlofOlof Lagercrantz  Sweden
The Good Hope Det gode Håb Heinesen, WilliamWilliam Heinesen  Faroe Islands
1966 Diwan on the Prince of Emgion Dīwān över Fursten av Emgión Ekelof, GunnarGunnar Ekelöf  Sweden
1967 Nye noveller Nye noveller Borgen, JohanJohan Borgen  Norway
1968 Flight of the Eagle Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd Sundman, Per OlofPer Olof Sundman  Sweden
1969 The Legionnaires Legionärerna Enquist, Per OlovPer Olov Enquist  Sweden
1970 Anna, I, Anna Anna, jeg, Anna Rifbjerg, KlausKlaus Rifbjerg  Denmark
1971 Coast of Slaves, Ships of Slaves and Islands of Slaves Slavernes kyst, Slavernes skibe and Slavernes øer Hansen, ThorkildThorkild Hansen  Denmark
1972 Sju ord på tunnelbanan Sju ord på tunnelbanan Vennberg, KarlKarl Vennberg  Sweden
1973 Kersantin poika Kersantin poika Meri, VeijoVeijo Meri  Finland
1974 Uden mål – og med Uden mål – og med Sorensen, VillyVilly Sørensen  Denmark
1975 Siinä näkijä missä tekijä Siinä näkijä missä tekijä Salama, HannuHannu Salama  Finland
1976 Að laufferjum and Að brunnum Að laufferjum and Að brunnum Sigurdsson, Olafur JohannÓlafur Jóhann Sigurðsson  Iceland
1977 I de mörka rummen, i de ljusa I de mörka rummen, i de ljusa Carpelan, BoBo Carpelan  Finland
1978 Dalen Portland Dalen Portland Flogstad, KjartanKjartan Fløgstad  Norway
1979 Pubertet Pubertet Lo-Johansson, IvarIvar Lo-Johansson  Sweden
1980 Vredens barn Vredens barn Lidman, SaraSara Lidman  Sweden
1981 Hauströkkrið yfir mér Hauströkkrið yfir mér Hjartarson, SnorriSnorri Hjartarson  Iceland
1982 Samuels bok Samuels bok Delblanc, SvenSven Delblanc  Sweden
1983 Om fjorten dage Om fjorten dage Seeberg, PeterPeter Seeberg  Denmark
1984 The Christmas Oratorio Juloratoriet Tunstrom, GoranGöran Tunström  Sweden
1985 A Day in Ostrobothnia Pohjanmaa Tuuri, AnttiAntti Tuuri  Finland
1986 Líkasum Líkasum Patursson, RoiRói Patursson  Faroe Islands
1987 Hudløs himmel Hudløs himmel Wassmo, HebjorgHerbjørg Wassmo  Norway
1988 Justice Undone Grámosinn glóir Vilhjamarsson, ThorThor Vilhjálmsson  Iceland
1989 Roman 1987 Roman 1987 Solstad, DagDag Solstad  Norway
1990 For the Living and the Dead För levande och döda Transtromer, TomasTomas Tranströmer  Sweden
1991 The Sun, My Father Beaivi, áhčážan Valkeapaa, Nils-AslakNils-Aslak Valkeapää Sami flag.svg Sami language area
1992 Night Watch Meðan nóttin liður Sigurdardottir, Frida A,Fríða Á. Sigurðardóttir  Iceland
1993 Byen og verden Byen og verden Hultberg, PeerPeer Hultberg  Denmark
1994 Blackwater Händelser vid vatten Ekman, KerstinKerstin Ekman  Sweden
1995 Angels of the Universe Englar alheimsins Gudmundsson, Einar MarEinar Már Guðmundsson  Iceland
1996 Hva skal vi gjøre i dag og andre noveller Hva skal vi gjøre i dag og andre noveller Lonn, OysteinØystein Lønn  Norway
1997 Bang. En roman om Herman Bang Bang. En roman om Herman Bang Willumsen, DorritDorrit Willumsen  Denmark
1998 After Having Spent a Night Among Horses Efter att ha tillbringat en natt bland hästar Forsstrom, TuaTua Forsström  Finland
1999 Queen's Gate Dronningeporten Tafdrup, PiaPia Tafdrup  Denmark
2000 Drømmebroer Drømmebroer Nordbrandt, HenrikHenrik Nordbrandt  Denmark
2001 The Discoverer Oppdageren Kjaerstad, JanJan Kjærstad  Norway
2002 The Half Brother Halvbroren Saabye Christensen, LarsLars Saabye Christensen  Norway
2003 Revbensstäderna Revbensstäderna Strom, EvaEva Ström  Sweden
2004 Juoksuhaudantie Juoksuhaudantie Hotakainen, KariKari Hotakainen  Finland
2005 The Blue Fox Skugga-Baldur Sjón  Iceland
2006 The Ocean Oceanen Sonnevi, GoranGöran Sonnevi  Sweden
2007 Drömfakulteten Drömfakulteten Stridsberg, SaraSara Stridsberg  Sweden
2008 Bavian Bavian Aidt, Naja MarieNaja Marie Aidt  Denmark
2009 I Curse the River of Time Jeg forbanner tidens elv Petterson, PerPer Petterson  Norway
2010 Purge Puhdistus Oksanen, SofiSofi Oksanen  Finland
2011 Between the Trees Milli trjánna Eliasson, GyrdirGyrðir Elíasson  Iceland
2012 Days in the History of Silence Dager i stillhetens historie Lindstrom, MeretheMerethe Lindstrøm  Norway
2013 The Prophets of Eternal Fjord Profeterne fra Evighedsfjorden Leine, KimKim Leine  Denmark [3]
2014 Mirage 38 Hägring 38 Westo, KjellKjell Westö  Finland [4]

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