The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is an annual initiative that awards emergent fiction writers from selected European countries.
The EUPL aims to promote the circulation and translation of literature amongst European countries, all the while highlighting Europe's creativity and diversity.
The EUPL is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, a program which covers 41 countries.
The national winners are selected by juries of literary experts in their respective country. Each national jury chooses its winner after submitting a shortlist of 3 to 5 national emerging writers whose most recent book they think deserves attention.
Each year, to encourage the translation and circulation of literature in Europe, the EUPL publishes an anthology comprised of original and translated excerpts from the EUPL laureates' winning books.
No, writers cannot submit books directly to be considered for the Prize. The task of choosing the books/writers selected every year is solely the responsability of each national juries.
No, age doesn't matter in the EUPL. The Prize is not designed to award young writers but to recognized emerging writer. The emerging nature of an author is not correlated to their age.