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The European Union Prize for Literature is an annual initiative to recognise the best emerging authors in Europe.
Launched by the European Commission in 2009, the prize is open to the 37 countries countries participating in the Creative Europe programme for the cultural and creative sectors.
The prize is organised by a consortium consisting of the European Booksellers Federation, the European Writers' Council, and the Federation of European Publishers.
The prize is designed to:
Each year, national juries in a third of the participating countries nominate their winning authors, under the stewardship of the managing consortium, allowing all countries and language areas to be represented over a three year period.
The jury then selects one candidate from each of the countries participating on the basis of requirements established by the European Commission. Candidates must, in particular:
More information is available on the website of the European Union Literature Prize.
Watch the photo report of the ceremony 2013 with the participation of Androulla Vassiliou.