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The European Union Prize for Literature 2013

EU Prize for Literature 2013 awarded to Europe's best emerging authors.

Award ceremony in Brussels celebrating this year’s winners

The 12 winning authors of the 2013 EU Prize for Literature were celebrated in a gala award ceremony taking place in Concert Noble in Brussels in the evening of 26 November.

This year’s laureates are: Isabelle Wéry (Belgium), Faruk Šehić (Bosnia Herzegovina), Emilios Solomou (Cyprus), Kristian Bang Foss (Denmark), Meelis Friedenthal (Estonia), Lidija Dimkovska (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Katri Lipson (Finland), Marica Bodrožić (Germany), Tullio Forgiarini (Luxembourg), Ioana Pârvulescu (Romania), Gabriela Babnik (Slovenia) and Cristian Crusat (Spain).

The winners were presented with their awards by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth in the presence of leading representatives of the worlds of literature, culture and politics and a responsive audience of more than 300 guests.

In this video you can get a taste of the award ceremony and you will meet the 12 winning authors, filmed in the streets and cafes of Brussels, and hear them read excerpts from their own books.

Award winners 2013

Isabelle Wéry

Faruk Šehič

Emilios Solomou

Kristian Bang Foss

Belgium
Isabelle Wéry

Bosnia Herzegovina
Faruk Šehić

Cyprus
Emilios Solomou

Denmark
Kristian Bang Foss

Meelis Friedenthal

Lidija Dimkovska

Katri Lipson

Marica Bodrožić

Estonia
Meelis Friedenthal

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Lidija Dimkovska

Finland
Katri Lipson

Germany
Marica Bodrožić

Tullio Forgiarini

Ioana Pârvulescu

Gabriela Babnik

Cristian Crusat

Luxembourg
Tullio Forgiarini

Romania
Ioana Pârvulescu

Slovenia
Gabriela Babnik

Spain
Cristian Crusat

 

Winners of the 2013 EU Prize for Literature announced at the Göteborg Book Fair, Sweden

The winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature, recognising the best emerging authors in Europe, were announced on 26 September at the opening of the Göteborg Book Fair, Sweden, by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

For more information see the website of the Prize and the latest news.

Literary Prize

The aim of the prize

This prize aims to highlight the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature, promote greater circulation of European literature, help cross-border sales of books and foster greater interest in publishing, selling and reading of non-national literary works.

European countries taking part

In 2013, the winning authors come from the twelve European countries selected to take part in the competition this year; Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.

About the European Union Prize for Literature

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) was launched by the European Commission in 2009. The EUPL is reserved for works of fiction by emerging authors, regardless of their age. The prize competition is open to the 37 countries currently involved in the EU Culture Programme. Each year, national juries in a third of the participating countries nominate their winning authors, making it possible for all countries and language areas to be represented over a three-year period.

The first three-year cycle was completed in 2009-2011, the second cycle in 2012-2014.

The prize is funded until 2013 by the EU Culture Programme and will continue under the new EU programme for the cultural and creative sectors, Creative Europe (2014-2020).

The EUPL is organised annually for the European Commission by a consortium made up of the European Booksellers Federation (EBF), the European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP). The EUPL consortium is responsible for organising national juries in the participating countries as well as the award ceremony.