Announcement of winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Literature

BRUSSELS, 21 April 2017 - We are pleased to announce the twelve winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Literature:

Rudi Erebara (Albania), Ina Vultchanova (Bulgaria), Bianca Bellová (Czech Republic), Kallia Papadaki (Greece), Halldóra K. Thoroddsen (Iceland), Osvalds Zebris (Latvia), Walid Nabhan (Malta), Aleksandar Bečanović (Montenegro), Jamal Ouariachi (The Netherlands), Darko Tuševljaković (Serbia), Sine Ergün (Turkey) and Sunjeev Sahota (United Kingdom).

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is an award which recognises 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. The EUPL Prize competition is open to the countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors 2014-2020.

The EUPL is organised by a Consortium comprising the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the European Writers' Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), with the support of the European Commission. It is accessible to all the countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors for 2014-2020.

Every year, expert national juries are set up in one third of the participating countries and appointed to nominate the winning authors according to specific criteria and following a selection procedure. Once selected, each of the twelve winning authors not only receives a cash prize of € 5 000, but more importantly, benefits from increased international visibility and cross-border promotion, starting at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels and continuing at Europe’s major book fairs.

Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, high-level representatives of the European Parliament and of the Maltese Council Presidency of the EU will present the twelve winning authors with their awards during a public ceremony on 23 May at Concert Noble, in Brussels.

Here you may find more information on the winner from Montenegro, Mr Aleksandar Bečanović.

For more information on the Prize as well as on all winning authors and books since 2009, please see the website of the European Union Prize for Literature.