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18 / 08 / 2019

In order for books to be eligible for the Book Prize, the following criteria must be met:

a) The works must consist of books of literary fiction written originally in any language, whether official or minority, from an EBRD country of operations and translated into English.

b) The works may only be submitted by UK-based publishers with a UK ISBN, the price printed in pound sterling and distribution in the UK.

c) The works must not be self-translated and/or self-published.

d) In the second year of the Prize, the works must have been published in the UK in translation for the first time from in the period between 15 Novermber 2017 and 14 November 2018.

e) Any individual publisher may not submit more than one book per EBRD country of operations, but may submit a single book from more than one country of operations.  (As an example, a UK publisher may submit one book each from Slovenia, from Croatia and from Albania, but not two from Croatia.)

f) The author of the work must be living at the time it is submitted.

g) Entries should be accompanied by a statement giving the date of publication, an e-mail and contact address, as well as a telephone number of the publisher.  The following must also be included:

a. A brief description of the book and plot summary

b. Biographic details of the author and translator

c. A brief statement as to why the book merits consideration

h) Six copies of each work must be submitted, which will not be returned

i) The publisher shall agree to sell any work short-listed for the Prize at a discount of 50% of the recommended retail price to EBRD staff members.

j) The finalists (authors and translators) must agree to come to London for the award ceremony. Travel expenses and accommodation will be covered by the EBRD.

k) Download the submission form. If you have any queries, contact  LiteraturePrize@ebrd.com.

 

 

 

EBRD Literature Prize News

The EBRD is pleased to announce the launch of the EBRD Literature Prize 2020.

The Prize will be awarded to the year’s best work of literary fiction translated into English and originally written in any language of the EBRD’s 38 countries of operations and published by a UK publisher.

The Prize recognises the extraordinary cultures, history and creativity in the EBRD regions, which across central and eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the southern and eastern Mediterranean and northern Africa.

Now in its third year, the EBRD Literature Prize has gained increasing attention and visibility amongst both the publishing industry and reading public. It is one of the few international literature prizes which recognises both author and translator. It not only rewards the writer who brings stories from these diverse countries to life, but just as importantly, the Prize acknowledges the vital role that the translator plays in making these stories accessible to English-speaking audiences. 

The first prize, worth €20,000, will be equally divided between the winning author and translator. Two runners-up and their translators will receive a prize of €1,000 each.

About the prize

The EBRD Literature Prize acknowledges a translated work of literary fiction written originally in any language from a country where the EBRD works and published by a UK publisher. The first prize of €20,000 is equally divided between the winning author and translator.

Books for consideration must be works of literary fiction written originally in any language – whether an official or minority language – from any country where the EBRD invests and they must be translated into English.

Submissions for the EBRD Literature Prize 2020 may only be made by UK-based publishers for books translated into English for the first time in the period between 15 November 2018 and 15 November 2019.

Two runners-up and their translators will receive a prize of €1,000 each. All three finalists and their translators for the EBRD Literature Prize 2020 will be invited to London to participate in an award ceremony and discussion at EBRD headquarters in April 2020.

Download the submission form. If you have any queries, contact  LiteraturePrize@ebrd.com.

 

Past winners of the EBRD Literature Prize

The first EBRD Literature Prize in 2018 was won by the Turkish author, Burhan Sönmez and his translator Ümit Hussein for the novel Istanbul, Istanbul.

The EBRD Literature Prize 2019 was won by the Uzbek writer, Hamid Ismailov and translator Donald Rayfield (with John Farndon) for The Devils’ Dance. It is the first novel translated from Uzbek into English.

Download the booklet, EBRD Literature Prize 2019

https://www.ebrd.com/ebrd-literature-prize.html

 

To download the submission form, please click attached file below

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