|Awarded for||writers whose works have dealt with themes of human freedom in society|
|Presented by||Organisers of the Jerusalem International Book Fair|
The Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society is a biennial literary award given to writers whose works have dealt with themes of human freedom in society. It is awarded at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, and the recipient usually delivers an address when accepting the award. The award is valued at $10,000, a modest amount that "reflects that it was never intended to be anything more than a symbolic sum." The prize's inaugural year was 1963, awarded to Bertrand Russell who had won the Nobel Prize in 1950. Octavio Paz, V. S. Naipaul, J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa all won the Jerusalem Prize prior to winning the Nobel.
In the intervening even-numbered years there is also a National Jerusalem Prize to promote local Israeli authors. For example, in 1994 the Jerusalem Prize was won by Naomi Gal.
List of Laureates
|United Kingdom||English||philosophy, essay|
|Switzerland||German||drama, novel, philosophy|
|Italy||Italian||novel, short story, essay|
|1971||Jorge Luis Borges
|Argentina||Spanish||short story, poetry, essay, philosophy, literary criticism, translation|
|Romania / France||French||drama, novel|
|1975||Simone de Beauvoir
|France||French||philosophy, novel, drama|
|Russia / United Kingdom||English||philosophy, essay|
|United Kingdom||English||novel, short story, autobiography, drama, essay, screenplay|
|1983||Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
|Trinidad and Tobago / United Kingdom||English||novel, short story, essay|
|Czechoslovakia / France||Czech / French||novel, short story, poetry, essay, drama|
|1987||John Maxwell Coetzee
|South Africa / Australia||English||novel, essay, translation|
|Poland||Polish||poetry, essay, drama|
|Germany||German / English||novel, short story, autobiography, essay|
|1995||Mario Vargas Llosa
|Peru / Spain||Spanish||novel, short story, essay, drama, memoirs|
|Spain||French / Spanish||novel, essay|
|United States||English||novel, short story, drama, screenplay, essay|
|United States||English||short story, novel, drama, essay|
|United States||English||drama, screenplay, essay|
|2005||António Lobo Antunes
|Japan||Japanese||novel, short story|
|United Kingdom||English||novel, short story, drama, screenplay|||
|2013||Antonio Muñoz Molina
|Albania||Albanian||novel, short story, poetry, essay, drama, screenplay|||
|2017||Karl Ove Knausgaard
|2019||Joyce Carol Oates
|United States||English||novel, short story, drama, essay, memoirs, poetry|
- The Jerusalem Prize
- "Israel boycotters target authors, artists". Ynetnews. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- Staff writer (January 9, 2013). "Spanish author Antonio Munoz Molina to receive Jerusalem Prize at book fair". JTA. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- Rebecca Wojno (January 15, 2015). "Albanian writer to receive Jerusalem Prize". The Times of Israel.
- Gili Izikovich (May 28, 2017). "Karl Ove Knausgaard Named 2017 Laureate for Jerusalem Prize in Literature". Haaretz.