European Union Prize for Literature

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30 October 2018

EUPL Awards Ceremony on 6 November 2018 in Vienna

This year’s European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria.

This prestigious ceremony will mark the final event of the EUPL’s 10th anniversary, a year full of exciting activities all over Europe – from Riga to Lisbon and from Bucharest to Brussels.

Most notably, the EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe” was organised, exclusively open to all 106 EUPL winning authors from the Prize’s previous nine editions.

36 EUPL laureates from 26 different countries participated in this short fiction competition with their personal “European Stories”. Each of these stories has been published in the original language along with English translation in the special European Stories publication, which is available to download here.

At the upcoming Awards Ceremony, the winners in the different categories of this unique short fiction competition will be announced. Prizes are awarded by a public jury, a professional jury and jury comprised of Members of the European Parliament. There will also be a special mention for an outstanding work of short fiction dealing with cultural heritage, as 2018 marks the European Year of Cultural Heritage[1].

The ceremony will feature a ‘Reading in the dark’ in collaboration with Fondazione LIA[2], an engaging format to address the topics of accessibility and inclusion, where a visually-impaired reader will read extracts of a winning European Story, using different techniques.

In cooperation with Fondazione LIA, EUPL has also ensured that both the European Stories publication and the online voting process of the Writers Contest are fully accessible to visually-impaired persons.

The Awards Ceremony has been organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU and will take place under the patronage of the European Parliament.

Mr Gernot Blümel, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media and Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport will jointly be hosting the event, which will be attended by distinguished guests from the worlds of literature, culture and politics.

The Presidents of the EUPL Consortium, comprised of the European Writers’ Council (EWC), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), are especially pleased to be involved in this great celebration and to be supported by both the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU in this special endeavour.

Gunnar Ardelius, President of the European Writers’ Council says: "This year we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the EUPL. During a decade we have been able to discover and give support to contemporary emerging writers all over Europe. Over 100 winners have been able to reach a wider and international audience. For us all languages of the EUPL are equal, because together the winners of the EUPL write Europe."

Rudy Vanschoonbeek, President of the Federation of European Publishers, explains: “Reading these 36 short stories was a true journey across Europe. This demonstrates the power of literature to make us, the readers, travel and discover, understand and sympathise with other cultures. I wish all writers the best for the Contest as for their future career and I am proud that the Federation of European Publishers is associated with this Prize.”

Co-President of the European and International Booksellers Federation Jean-Luc Treutenaere adds “We are extremely happy to celebrate 10 years of the European Union Prize for Literature. This prize expresses clearly what we believe in: the power of literature, and of culture generally, as unifying elements of a Europe marked by diversity, a multi-lingual Europe that is enriched by its differences. All of the bookshops that we represent are proud to be associated with this event which contributes to supporting emerging authors and to enhancing our continent’s multifarious cultural wealth.” 

For more information about the EUPL’s 10th anniversary activities, please consult our website:  

For further information, please contact Anne Bergman-Tahon, Director of the Federation of European Publishers at

[1] For more information on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, please consult

[2] More information can be found on

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