Prix Renaudot

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Prix Renaudot
Portrait of Theophraste Renaudot, the prize's namesake.
First awarded1926
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The Prix Théophraste-Renaudot or Prix Renaudot (French pronunciation: [pʁi teɔfʁast ʁənodo]) is a French literary award.


The Drouant restaurant in Paris

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 Prix Redaudot essay 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, Vanessa Springora. 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] At the time, only one woman sat on the jury of the prize. French media also criticized the prize, and one judge, Jérôme Garcin, left the jury, but no changes took place.[1]


As of 2021,[2] the jury consists of:


Other awards[edit]

Prix Renaudot de l'essai[edit]

Prix Renaudot du livre de poche[edit]

Prix Renaudot des lycéens[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b Onishi, Norimitsu; Méheut, Constant (28 November 2020). "Pedophile Scandal Can't Crack the Closed Circles of Literary France". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Stéphanie Janicot et Cécile Guilbert intègrent le jury du Renaudot". Livres Hebdo (in French). Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Daniel Pennac, invité surprise du Prix Renaudot", AFP, 5 November 2007. Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Le prix Renaudot attribué à Frédéric Beigbeder", Le Monde, 2 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Rwandan Author Wins Prestigious French Literary Award". 7 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  6. ^ Raphaëlle Leyris (4 November 2013). "Le prix Renaudot décerné à Yann Moix". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  7. ^ Raphaëlle Leyris (5 November 2014). "Prix Renaudot : David Foenkinos récompensé pour " Charlotte "". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b Vincy Thomas (3 November 2015). "Delphine de Vigan reçoit le Prix Renaudot 2015". (in French). Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  9. ^ Stéphanie Dupays (3 November 2016). "Le prix Goncourt est décerné à Leïla Slimani". Le Monde. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Le prix Renaudot récompense Amélie Nothomb pour « Premier sang »". 3 November 2021. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Le prix Renaudot 2022 décerné à Simon Liberati pour son roman Performance". Le Parisien (in French). AFP. 3 November 2022. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Le prix Renaudot pour Amélie Nothomb". 3 November 2021. Retrieved 3 November 2021.