The twelve winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), which recognises some of the best emerging authors in Europe, will be announced by European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at a press conference at the Frankfurt Book Fair, on October 9th at 1:30 pm (Room Consens, Hall 4.C). "We are honoured to have been invited to unveil the winners of this year's prize at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is the biggest trade fair of its kind in the world. The EUPL, now in its fourth year, has gained in prestige and I believe that Frankfurt can give both the prize and the winning authors greater visibility in the literary sector", Commissioner Vassiliou said. The authors who receive the prize have priority to receive EU grants for the translation of their books. Since 2010, 32 of the 35 EUPL winners have had their works translated into up to 19 languages, for a total of 104 translations.
With a literary translation budget of about € 3 million a year, the Commission contributes to the translation costs of hundreds of books, from and into all 23 official EU languages, as well as the official languages of the other countries in the Culture Programme. Since 2007, nearly 3,000 literary works have received EU funding for translation totalling € 14 million. “The funding of culture is very important for the future of Europe – and it is about to undergo important improvements with the 'Creative Europe’ programme", said Commissioner Vassiliou. "The 37% budget increase we have proposed for Creative Europe will allow us to support Europe's cultural and creative sectors so they can adapt to the new and significant challenges they are currently facing".
The European Union Prize for Literature is organised by the European Commission, with the European and International Booksellers' Federation (EIBF as of 2012, previously EBF), the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers. The competition is open to authors from the 37 countries involved in the EU Culture Programme: the 27 EU Member States, as well as Croatia, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania. Each year, national juries in a third of these countries nominate the winning authors, so that all countries in the Culture Programme are represented over a three-year period. This year’s countries include: Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.
Thanks to the support of the Frankfurt Book Fair, rights directors and agents present in Frankfurt will also receive information on the EUPL winners as well as on the translation grants available.
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