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 Author English title Original title Representing
1962 Johnson Eyvind Johnson The Days of His Grace Hans nådes tid  Sweden
1963 Linna Väinö Linna Under the North Star 3: Reconciliation Täällä Pohjantähden alla 3  Finland
1964 Vesaas Tarjei Vesaas The Ice Palace Is-slottet  Norway
1965 LagercrantzOlof Lagercrantz From Hell to Paradise Från Helvetet till Paradiset  Sweden
HeinesenWilliam Heinesen The Good Hope Det gode Håb  Faroe Islands
1966 Ekelöf Gunnar Ekelöf Diwan on the Prince of Emgion Dīwān över Fursten av Emgión  Sweden
1967 Borgen Johan Borgen Nye noveller Nye noveller  Norway
1968 Sundman Per Olof Sundman Flight of the Eagle Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd  Sweden
1969 Enquist Per Olov Enquist The Legionnaires Legionärerna  Sweden
1970 Rifbjerg Klaus Rifbjerg Anna, I, Anna Anna, jeg, Anna  Denmark
1971 Hansen Thorkild Hansen Coast of Slaves, Ships of Slaves and Islands of Slaves Slavernes kyst, Slavernes skibe and Slavernes øer  Denmark
1972 Vennberg Karl Vennberg Sju ord på tunnelbanan Sju ord på tunnelbanan  Sweden
1973 Meri Veijo Meri Kersantin poika Kersantin poika  Finland
1974 Sørensen Villy Sørensen Uden mål – og med Uden mål – og med  Denmark
1975 Salama Hannu Salama Siinä näkijä missä tekijä Siinä näkijä missä tekijä  Finland
1976 Sigurðsson Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson Að laufferjum and Að brunnum Að laufferjum and Að brunnum  Iceland
1977 Carpelan Bo Carpelan I de mörka rummen, i de ljusa I de mörka rummen, i de ljusa  Finland
1978 Fløgstad Kjartan Fløgstad Dalen Portland Dalen Portland  Norway
1979 Lo-Johansson Ivar Lo-Johansson Pubertet Pubertet  Sweden
1980 Lidman Sara Lidman Vredens barn Vredens barn  Sweden
1981 Hjartarson Snorri Hjartarson Hauströkkrið yfir mér Hauströkkrið yfir mér  Iceland
1982 Delblanc Sven Delblanc Samuels bok Samuels bok  Sweden
1983 Seeberg Peter Seeberg Om fjorten dage Om fjorten dage  Denmark
1984 Tunström Göran Tunström The Christmas Oratorio Juloratoriet  Sweden
1985 Tuuri Antti Tuuri A Day in Ostrobothnia Pohjanmaa  Finland
1986 Patursson Rói Patursson Líkasum Líkasum  Faroe Islands
1987 Wassmo Herbjørg Wassmo Hudløs himmel Hudløs himmel  Norway
1988 Vilhjálmsson Thor Vilhjálmsson Justice Undone Grámosinn glóir  Iceland
1989 Solstad Dag Solstad Roman 1987 Roman 1987  Norway
1990 Tranströmer Tomas Tranströmer For the Living and the Dead För levande och döda  Sweden
1991 Valkeapää Nils-Aslak Valkeapää The Sun, My Father Beaivi, áhčážan Sami flag.svg Sami language area
1992 Sigurðardóttir Fríða Á. Sigurðardóttir Night Watch Meðan nóttin liður  Iceland
1993 Hultberg Peer Hultberg Byen og verden Byen og verden  Denmark
1994 Ekman Kerstin Ekman Blackwater Händelser vid vatten  Sweden
1995 Guðmundsson Einar Már Guðmundsson Angels of the Universe Englar alheimsins  Iceland
1996 Lønn Øystein Lønn Hva skal vi gjøre i dag og andre noveller Hva skal vi gjøre i dag og andre noveller  Norway
1997 Willumsen Dorrit Willumsen Bang. En roman om Herman Bang Bang. En roman om Herman Bang  Denmark
1998 Forsström Tua Forsström After Having Spent a Night Among Horses Efter att ha tillbringat en natt bland hästar  Finland
1999 Tafdrup Pia Tafdrup Queen's Gate Dronningeporten  Denmark
2000 Nordbrandt Henrik Nordbrandt Drømmebroer Drømmebroer  Denmark
2001 Kjærstad Jan Kjærstad The Discoverer Oppdageren  Norway
2002 Christensen Lars Saabye Christensen The Half Brother Halvbroren  Norway
2003 Ström Eva Ström Revbensstäderna Revbensstäderna  Sweden
2004 Hotakainen Kari Hotakainen Juoksuhaudantie Juoksuhaudantie  Finland
2005 Sjón The Blue Fox Skugga-Baldur  Iceland
2006 Sonnevi Göran Sonnevi The Ocean Oceanen  Sweden
2007 Stridsberg Sara Stridsberg Drömfakulteten Drömfakulteten  Sweden
2008 Aidt Naja Marie Aidt Bavian Bavian  Denmark
2009 Petterson Per Petterson I Curse the River of Time Jeg forbanner tidens elv  Norway
2010 Oksanen Sofi Oksanen Purge Puhdistus  Finland
2011 Elíasson Gyrðir Elíasson Between the Trees Milli trjánna  Iceland
2012 Lindstrøm Merethe Lindstrøm Days in the History of Silence Dager i stillhetens historie  Norway
2013 Leine Kim Leine The Prophets of Eternal Fjord Profeterne fra Evighedsfjorden[3]  Denmark
2014 Kjell Kjell Westö Mirage 38 Hägring 38[4]  Finland

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