The fourteen laureates of the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) have been announced on 22 May at the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union in Brussels. The names of the laureates were officially revealed by the Romanian Minister of Culture and National Identity, Mr Valer-Daniel Breaz and Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
The EUPL award recognizes outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe, and highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature, while drawing attention to the continent’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage. So far, the EUPL has rewarded 108 authors from 41 countries during a decade of its existence.
National juries, consisting of experts in fields of literature, publishing and bookselling, are set up in each country participating in the EUPL in the respective year. After shortlisting 3 to 5 authors, the national Juries choose their laureates who receive a financial prize but also benefit from increased international visibility and cross-border promotion, starting with the Awards ceremony in Brussels and continuing at major book fairs in Europe and beyond.
Last year, the EUPL celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the ‘European stories’ short story contest” open for all previous laureates and launched a tour across book fairs promoting the prize and its winning authors which was hosted by many book fairs joining the Aldus network.
Entering its new cycle, the Prize is introducing its first ever laureates from Georgia and Ukraine.
Here follow all 2019 winners:
Laura Freudenthaler (Austria), Piia Leino (Finland), Sophie Daull (France), Réka Mán-Várhegyi (Hungary), Beqa Adamashvili (Georgia), Nikos Chryssos (Greece), Jan Carson (Ireland), Giovanni Dozzini (Italy), Daina Opolskaitė (Lithuania), Marta Dzido (Poland), Tatiana Țîbuleac (Romania), Ivana Dobrakovová (Slovakia), Haska Shyyan (Ukraine) and Melissa Harrison (United Kingdom).
Read more on the winners on the EUPL website