New Academy Prize in Literature

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The New Academy Prize in Literature was established in 2018 in lieu of the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was not awarded in 2018 and instead postponed until 2019.[1] The winner was announced on 12 October 2018.[2] The New Academy was dissolved in December 2018.[3]

Following an open invitation to the world, calling for public votes for 47 candidates nominated by Swedish librarians, the New Academy announced that the four finalists for the prize were Maryse Condé, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, and Kim Thúy.[4]

On 17 September 2018, Murakami requested that his nomination be withdrawn, saying he wanted to "concentrate on writing, away from media attention."[5]

The New Academy Prize in Literature was awarded to Maryse Condé.[6]

After the postponement of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, the New Academy was formed as non-profit organization in 2018, not affiliated with either the Nobel Foundation or the Swedish Academy[7].


  1. ^ Marshall, Alex (July 13, 2018). "An Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, Judged by You". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Schaub, Michael (September 17, 2018). "Haruki Murakami takes his name out of the running for alternative literature Nobel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Flood, Alison (July 2, 2018). "Alternative Nobel literature prize planned in Sweden". The Guardian. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "The finalists: The New Academy Prize in Literature 2018". Den Nya Akademien (The New Academy). Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Japan's Haruki Murakami withdraws from consideration for alternative Nobel award". The Japan Times. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Maryse Condé Wins an Alternative to the Literature Nobel in a Scandal-Plagued Year, Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Erika H. Kern (Aug 29, 2018). "The alternative Nobel Prize in Literature". Archived from the original on Dec 30, 2018.

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