European Union Prize for Literature
The European Union Prize for Literature is a European Union literary award celebrating the talents of emerging writers of (contemporary) fiction. The award was established by the Culture Programme of the European Union, Directorate General of Education and Culture in 2009,and is coordinated by the consortium composed of the European Writers’ Council, the Federation of European Publishers, and the European Booksellers Federation, selected by the European Commission.
Aim of the Prize
The aim of the European Prize for Literature is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.
The works of the selected winners (one per country participating in the prize on a rotation basis) will reach a wider and international audience, and touch readers beyond national and linguistic borders.
The prize is financed by the Culture Programme of the European Union whose objective is to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.
As the consortium selected by the Commission to coordinate the initiative, the European Booksellers Federation (EBF), the European Writers' Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) are jointly responsible for the setting up of the national juries and the practical organisation of the award ceremony.
The prize competition is open to the 37 countries currently involved in the EU Culture Programme. Each year, national juries in a third of the participating countries nominate their winning authors, making it possible for all countries and language areas to be represented over a three-year period.
The first three-year cycle was completed in 2009-2011, the second cycle in 2012-2014.
For more information, videos of the interviews with the winning authors, and of the ceremonies, as well as biographies, bibliographies of each winner, and the digital publication of the annual selection of excerpts of the awarded books, visit the EUPL official website:
The EUPL CONSORTIUM
The European Booksellers Federation (EBF)
is an international independent non-profit association registered in Belgium. The Federation represents Booksellers Associations in Europe and worldwide.
Through its Members, who, in turn, represent most individual bookshops EBF represents more than 50.000 individual booksellers.
EBF's mission is to further the interests of booksellers.
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is an international non-profit association registered in Belgium in 2006 with a focus on authors’ rights and copyright.
EWC was first founded in 1977 as the Federation of European Writers’ Associations.
It represents the professional interests of over 160.000 professional writers and literary translators, belonging to 60 authors’ associations in 32 European countries.
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e-mail: EWC-Secretariat at inter dot nl dot net
Is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association of book publishers associations in the European Union. FEP represents 28 national associations of book publishers of the European Union and of the European Economic Area.
FEP is the voice of the great majority of publishers in Europe. Founded in 1967, FEP deals with European legislation and advises publishers’ associations on copyright and other legislative issues.
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