The Nordic House is the administrative office for Nordic Council literature prizes. For further information please contact the project manager for the prizes, Sigurður Ólafsson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The nominees for the Nordic Council’s five prizes will be announced during the course of the year. All five prizes will be awarded in conjunction with the Nordic Council Session in Helsinki on 1 November.
The nominees for:
- The Nordic Council Literature Prize will be announced on 23 February at 11:00 CET
- The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize will be announced on 5 April at 11:00 CET
- The Nordic Council Music Prize will be announced on 25 April
- The Nordic Council Environment Prize will be announced in June
- The Nordic Council Film Prize will be announced in September
The winners of the Nordic Council prizes will be announced and presented with their prizes at a ceremony at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki on 1 November in conjunction with the Nordic Council Session.
Image of the winners 2016.
The Nordic Council Literature Prize is awarded for a work of literature written in one of the languages of the Nordic countries, that meets “high literary and artistic standards”. Established in 1962, the prize is awarded every year, and is worth 350,000 Danish kroner (2008). Eligible works are typically novels, plays, collections of poetry, short stories or essays, or other works that were published for the first time during the last four years, or in the case of works written in Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish, within the last two years. The prize is one of the most prestigious awards that Nordic authors can win.
The winner is chosen by an adjudication committee appointed by the Nordic Council. The committee consists of ten members, two each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The committee members are generally experts in their own country’s literature, as well as their neighbouring countries. In addition to the regular members, additional members may be added to the committee if works are nominated from Åland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland or the Sami language area. Apart from the monetary award, the intent of the prize is also to “increase interest in the literature of neighbouring countries as well in Nordic cultural fellowship”.
The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize was awarded for the first time during the Nordic Council Session in 2013 at the same time as the other Nordic Council prizes and is since then awarded annually.
The award is the result of the Nordic Culture Ministers long-standing desire to strengthen and elevate literature for children and young people in the region.
The prize is, as well as all the other Nordic Council prizes, worth DKK 350,000 and is awarded in conjunction with the Nordic Council’s annual Session.