Neustadt International Prize for Literature

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Neustadt International Prize of Literature
The Neustadt Prize Feather.jpg
The Neustadt Prize Feather
Country United States
Presented by University of Oklahoma, World Literature Today
Reward $50,000
First awarded 1970
Official website

The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a biennial award for literature sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and its international literary publication, World Literature Today.[1] It is considered one of the more prestigious international literary prizes, often compared with the Nobel Prize in Literature and referred to as the "American Nobel" because of its record of 30 laureates, candidates or jurors who in 42 years have been awarded Nobel Prizes following their involvement with the Neustadt Prize.[2][3][4] Like the Nobel, it is awarded not for any one work, but for an entire body of work.


The Neustadt International Prize for Literature was established as the Books Abroad International Prize for Literature in 1969 by Ivar Ivask, editor of Books Abroad. It was subsequently renamed the Books Abroad/Neustadt Prize, and the award assumed its present name in 1976. It is the first international literary award of this scope to originate in the United States and is one of the very few international prizes for which poets, novelists, and playwrights are equally eligible.[4]


The Prize itself presently consists of a silver eagle feather, a certificate and $50,000 USD. The award's financial endowment by Walter and Doris Neustadt[5] of Ardmore, Oklahoma ensures the award in perpetuity.[6]

The charter of the Neustadt Prize stipulates that the award be given in recognition of outstanding achievement in poetry, fiction, or drama and that it be conferred solely on the basis of literary merit. Any living author writing in any language is eligible, provided only that at least a representative portion of his or her work is available in English, the language used during the jury deliberations. The prize may serve to crown a lifetime's achievement or to direct attention to an important body of work that is still developing. The prize is not open to application.[7]


Candidates are selected by a jury of at least seven members. Selection is not limited by geographic area, language or genre.

The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is the only international literary award of this scope to originate in the United States. It is also one of few international prizes for which poets, novelists and playwrights alike are equally eligible.

List of Neustadt Laureates[edit]

Source: [8]

Year Name Country Language(s) Ref(s)
1970 Giuseppe Ungaretti  Italy Italian
1972 Gabriel García Márquez  Colombia Spanish
1974 Francis Ponge  France French
1976 Elizabeth Bishop  United States English
1978 Czesław Miłosz  Poland Polish
1980 Josef Škvorecký Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia/ Canada Czech
1982 Octavio Paz  Mexico Spanish
1984 Paavo Haavikko  Finland Finnish
1986 Max Frisch   Switzerland German
1988 Raja Rao  India/ United States English
1990 Tomas Tranströmer  Sweden Swedish
1992 João Cabral de Melo Neto  Brazil Portuguese
1994 Edward Kamau Brathwaite  Barbados English
1996 Assia Djebar  Algeria French
1998 Nuruddin Farah  Somalia English
2000 David Malouf  Australia English
2002 Álvaro Mutis  Colombia Spanish [9]
2004 Adam Zagajewski  Poland Polish [10][11]
2006 Claribel Alegría  Nicaragua/El Salvador El Salvador Spanish [12][13][14]
2008 Patricia Grace  New Zealand English [15][16][17]
2010 Duo Duo  China Chinese [18][19]
2012 Rohinton Mistry  India/ Canada English [2][3]
2014 Mia Couto  Mozambique Portuguese [20][21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Daniel Kalder (August 12, 2013). "America's Nobel: The Neustadt International Prize for Literature". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Rohinton Mistry wins Neustadt Prize 2012 - "Parsi Khabar"
  3. ^ a b Critically acclaimed Indian-Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry wins 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature - "World Literature Today"
  4. ^ a b "Neustadt International Prize for Literature". World Literature Today. October 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Walter Neustadt Jr. Obituary, biographical information about Walter Neustadt
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "World Literature Today". 
  8. ^ "Neustadt Laureates: Past Laureates". World Literature Today. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Colombian given literary award". The Oklahoma Daily. October 18, 2002. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2004 Neustadt Prize Laureate - Adam Zagajewski". World Literature Today. 2005. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Polish poet awarded 2004 Neustadt prize". The Oklahoma Daily. October 27, 2003. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bunmi Ishola (September 30, 2006). "Claribel Alegría wins Neustadt Prize". The Norman Transcript. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ Staff writer (May 1, 2007). "Claribel Alegria: 2006 Neustadt International Prize Laureate.(special section)(Biography)". World Literature Today. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Neustadt Prize". The Missouri Review. November 16, 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ "2008 Neustadt Prize Laureate - Patricia Grace". World Literature Today. May 2009 (Vol. 83). Retrieved November 2, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ "NEW: Banquet to honor winner of the Neustadt Prize". The Norman Transcript. September 18, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ Staff writer (October 8, 2007). "Patricia Grace wins prestigious literary prize". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ Staff writer (October 29, 2009). "Chinese poet awarded Neustadt Prize at OU". Norman Transcript. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ "2010 Neustadt Laureate Duo Duo". World Literature Today. March 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ Hector Tobar (November 1, 2013). "Who will win 'America's Nobel,' the Neustadt Prize?". LA Times. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Noted Mozambican Author Mia Couto Wins 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature". The Neustadt Prize. November 1, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 

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