The European Booksellers Federation (EBF), the European Writers' Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) are delighted to announce that they have been re-appointed by the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, as the consortium to organise the European Prize for Literature (EUPL) to be awarded in November 2010 to emerging authors from 11 countries participating in the EU Culture Programme.
The countries selected for 2010 are: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. As a first step, the consortium will organise the setting up of juries in each of these countries. The juries will start their selection process as of January 2010 and deliver a final report to the consortium by the end of June 2010.
The aim of the EUPL is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.
In 2009, 12 prizes were awarded to emerging authors from the first set of countries, during a ceremony in Brussels celebrating the diversity of European literature in the presence of President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, Swedish bestselling author Henning Mankell (EUPL Ambassador in 2009), Swedish Minister of Culture Ms Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth as well as Ms Doris Pack, MEP and Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Education and Culture. In 2011, authors from the 12 remaining countries out of the now 35 participants in the EU Culture Programme will be eligible for the awards.
Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, said: "The EU is a world super-power in culture. Our rich cultural diversity is a huge asset, and we must maximise our efforts to exploit it, to stimulate creativity, innovation and economic growth. The European Union Prize for Literature is an example of what can be done in this field, as it helps promoting emerging European literary talents and showcasing European culture".
EBF President, John Mc Namee, commented: "EBF is delighted to be a player in this extremely valuable initiative which brings talented writers to the due attention of European readers across borders".
EWC President, Pirjo Hiidenmaa, added: "The first edition of the EUPL has proven that the prize has the power to raise awareness about European contemporary literature and to open doors across Europe for emerging talents".
FEP President, Federico Motta underlined the "central role of literature in our common European cultural heritage", adding that the three partners "will draw on last year’s experience to ensure that this year’s prize – and the winning authors - will receive even greater visibility".
Other than setting up the juries, the consortium's role includes the coordination of the initiative and the practical organisation of the Awards Ceremony.
The EUPL is co-financed through the Culture Programme of the European Union. The Programme supports transnational cultural cooperation projects involving operators from a minimum of three different countries participating in the Programme. It also provides specific support for the translation of literary works and is open to all cultural sectors except for the audiovisual, for which a separate programme exists.