Prix Renaudot

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The Prix Théophraste-Renaudot or Prix Renaudot (French pronunciation: ​[pʁi teɔfʁast ʁənodo]) is a French literary award.


The prize was created in 1926 by ten art critics awaiting the results of deliberation of the jury of the Prix Goncourt. While not officially related to the Prix Goncourt, it remains a complement to it: The Prix Renaudot laureate is announced at the same time and place as the Prix Goncourt, namely on the first Tuesday of November at the Drouant restaurant in Paris. The Renaudot jurors always pick an alternative laureate in case their first choice is awarded the Prix Goncourt.

The prize is named after Théophraste Renaudot, who created the first French newspaper in 1631.

In 2013, the prize revived the career of Gabriel Matzneff, which collapsed in 2020 as his pedophilia – long known and defended by his literary peers, including the Renaudot jurors – became more widely known through a report of one of his victims. In the view of The New York Times, the episode illustrated "the self-perpetuating and impenetrable nature of many of France’s elite institutions", including the Prix Renaudot, where "control often rests with a small, established group — overwhelmingly older, white men — that rewards like-minded friends", disregarding conflicts of interest.[1] Only one of the ten Renaudot judges is a woman. French media also critcized the prize, and one judge, Jérôme Garcin, left the jury, but no changes took place.[1]


As of 2020, the jury consists of:

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  1. ^ a b Onishi, Norimitsu; Méheut, Constant (2020-11-28). "Pedophile Scandal Can't Crack the Closed Circles of Literary France". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  2. ^ "Daniel Pennac, invité surprise du Prix Renaudot", AFP, 5 November 2007. Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Le prix Renaudot attribué à Frédéric Beigbeder", Le Monde, 2 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Rwandan Author Wins Prestigious French Literary Award". 7 November 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  5. ^ Raphaëlle Leyris (4 November 2013). "Le prix Renaudot décerné à Yann Moix". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Raphaëlle Leyris (5 November 2014). "Prix Renaudot : David Foenkinos récompensé pour " Charlotte "". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Vincy Thomas (November 3, 2015). "Delphine de Vigan reçoit le Prix Renaudot 2015". (in French). Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Stéphanie Dupays (November 3, 2016). "Le prix Goncourt est décerné à Leïla Slimani". Le Monde. Retrieved November 3, 2016.