European Union Prize for Literature

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18 September 2014

Winners of the European Union Prize for Literature to be announced in Frankfurt

Public event on 8 October, 10.00 am – Keynote speech by EU Commissioner Vassiliou – authors debate the lack of a common public space for culture in Europe

Frankfurt, 18/9/2014 –  The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), which recognises the best emerging authors in Europe, will be announced by European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday, 8 October (10.00-11.30 am, Lesezelt / Reading Tent, Agora). This year the laureates come from 13 countries: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Montenegro, Serbia, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United Kingdom. “The European Union Prize for Literature is the only international prize of its kind: it celebrates the best new talents in European fiction and enables the public to discover emerging authors from different countries,” says Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. “The Prize is also an opportunity to highlight the fact that funding is available through the EU's Creative Europe programme to support the translation of new literature so that it reaches new audiences across frontiers.”

The announcement of the winners will be followed by a debate with European writers on how literature can make its voice heard more loudly in Europe, and what role the literary community – authors, translators, publishers, literary agents, booksellers and publicly funded institutions – can play in building a common public cultural space for Europe. With 24 languages and even more Member States, the European Union is a model of cultural and linguistic diversity. Indeed, it is not possible for the EUPL to cover every European country in a single year. Therefore, national juries in a third of the eligible countries take it in turns to nominate a winning author. In this way, all those countries that are entitled to receive support under the Creative Europe programme are represented over a three-year period.

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Background information

Creative Europe

The Creative Europe programme was launched by the European Commission on 1 January 2014 and has a total budget of nearly €1.5 billion for the next seven years (2014 - 2020) – nine per cent more than in the previous financing period. It builds on the success of the Culture and MEDIA programmes, which have supported the cultural and audiovisual sectors for more than 20 years.

About the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL)

The EUPL is open to the countries that participate, or will participate, in the new Creative Europe programme (the 28 EU Member States, plus the EFTA/EEA countries and an increasing number of EU candidate or potential candidate countries; the latter currently include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Others might also join in, subject to their signing a special agreement. Each EUPL prize winner receives €5,000. More importantly, publishers in different countries are encouraged to buy the rights to the winning books, and to apply for EU funding under the Creative Europe programme to translate the books. So far this year, financial support has already been allocated for the translation of 37 former EUPL-winning books into a range of European languages, making a combined total of 70 translations. Through its earlier Culture Programme, the EU helped to fund 133 translations of 42 of the 47 winners from the first four years of the prize (2009-2012). The EUPL is organised by the European Commission, in cooperation with the European and International Booksellers' Federation (EIBF), the European Writers' Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP).

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Announcement of the 2014 winners of the European Union Prize for Literature

The winners of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) will be announced, and this will be followed by a debate among European authors, addressing the questions:

How can we change Europe from a bureaucratic maze into a literary adventure? How can this work – with 24 languages and 30 or more countries? Why are there so many national literature prizes, but very few at the European level? Is culture just the poor relation within the EU? Is there something literature can do to overcome the tensions that exist within Europe? What do Albania and the UK have in common, culturally speaking?

With: Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (keynote); panelists: Marica Bodrožić (Germany, EUPL winner 2013), Mely Kiyak (Germany), Katri Lipson (Finland, EUPL winner 2013), Michail Schischkin (Russia); chaired by: Janne Teller (Denmark).

Where: Lesezelt /new Reading Tent, Agora

When: Wednesday 8 October 10.00 – 11.30 am

About the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,300 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 275,000 visitors, over 3,700 events and around 9,300 accredited journalists in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurt Book Fair offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The CONTEC and STORYDRIVE conferences have both become established meeting places for the industry. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurt Book Fair
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Nina Klein, Director Corporate Content, Associate Partner Tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-165,

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