Tell us about the European Union Prize for Literature

The aim of the European Prize for LiteratureImage is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.

The works of the selected winners (one per country participating in the prize on a rotation basis) will reach a wider and international audience, and touch readers beyond national and linguistic borders.

The prize is financed by the Culture Programme of the European Union whose objective is to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.

As the consortium selected by the Commission to coordinate the initiative, the European Booksellers Federation (EBF), the European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) are jointly responsible for the setting up of the national juries and the practical organisation of the award ceremony.

In three years (2009-2011), the juries of eleven or twelve of the 35 countries participating in the EU Culture Programme, will select one emerging fiction writer from their own country.

This year, there will be winners from Austria , Croatia , France , Hungary , Ireland , Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland , Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

Obviously, the Croatian prize- winner – Lada Žigo – is of most interest to Istros Books, who is always lookiing for new authors and exciting books to bring to the English-speaking public.

Keep in mind that our star author – Andrej Nikolaidis – was a winner for Montenegro last year!

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