47 writers from 13 countries: the Europe Union Prize for Literature Shortlist!


Posted on April 15, 2020, 12:00 pm
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Brussels, 15. April 2020 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises emerging fiction writers from across Europe. The award includes 41 countries which are part of the Creative Europe programme – an initiative which aims to strengthen Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. The EUPL was launched in 2009, and since then recognised 122 winning authors through 11 editions.

Each year, the EUPL awards one winner per country from a third of participating countries. This year’s edition will award winners from 13 countries: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway and Spain. The winners of the EUPL 2020 edition will be announced on 19 May.


EUPL 2020 shortlist 

We are proud to present the 2020 shortlist for the European Union Prize for Literature (the list below is in alphabetical order):



Charly Delwart, Databiographie (Databiography), publisher: Flammarion

Nathalie Skowronek, La carte des regrets (The map of regrets), publisher: Grasset

Odile d’Oultremont, Baïkonour (Baikonur), publisher: Editions de l’Observatoire

Victoire de Changy, L’île longue (The long island), publisher: Autrement


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Adnan Repeša, Svojta (Taxa), publisher: Synopsis

Danijel Gatarić, Libreto (Libretto), publisher: Kontrast

Elvedin Nezirović, Ništa lakše od umiranja (Nothing easier than dying), publisher: Laguna

Lana Bastašić, Uhvati zeca (Catch the rabbit), puclisher: Kontrast



Kristina Gavran, Gitara od palisandra (The Palisander guitar), publisher: Disput

Maša Kolanović, Poštovani kukci i druge jezive priče (Dear beetles and other scary stories), publisher: Profil knjiga

Nenad Stipanić, Bogovi neona (Neon Gods), publisher: Sandorf

Zoran Malkoč, Umro Supermen (Superman is dead), publisher: Fraktura



Κυθρεώτης Χρίστος (Christos Kithreotis), Εκεί που ζούμε (The place we live), publisher: Patakis Publications

Σωτηρίου Κωνσταντία (Constandia Sotiriou), Πικρία χώρα (Bitter country), publisher: Patakis Publications

Σταύρος Χριστοδούλου (Stavros Christodoulou), Τη μέρα που πάγωσε ο ποταμός (The day the river froze), publisher: Kastaniotis Publications



Asta Olivia Nordentoft, Penge på lommen (Money in your pocket), publisher: Basilisk

Maren Uthaug, En lykkelig slutning (A happy ending), publisher: Lindhardt and Ringhof

Morten Pape, Guds Bedste Børn (God’s Best Children), publisher: Politikens

Thomas Korsgaard, Tyverier (Thefts), publisher: Lindhardt and Ringhof



Kaur Riismaa, Väike Ferdinand (Little Ferdinand), publisher: Vihmakass ja Kakerdaja

Mait Vaik, Kurvake sügis (Sad autumn), publisher: Puiestee

Mudlum (Made Luiga), Poola poisid (Polish boys), publisher: Strata



Gunther Geltinger, Benzin (Petrol), publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

Leif Randt, Allegro Pastell (Allegro Pastel), publisher: Kiepenheuer& Witsch

Matthias Nawrat, Der traurige Gast (The Sag Guest), publisher: Rowohlt

Paulina Czienskowski, Taubenleben (Pigeon life), publisher: Blumenbar

Peggy Mädler, Wohin wir gehen (Where we are going), publisher: Kiepenheuer und Witsch



Azem Deliu, Shënimet e krimbit Smolinski (Notes of the Worm Smolinsky), publisher: Onufri

Majlinda Bregasi, Gërsheti i prerë (The Cut Braid), publisher: Koha

Shpëtim Selmani, Libërthi i dashurisë (The Booklet of Love), publisher: Armagedoni



Francis Kirps, Die Mutationen (The Mutations), publisher: Hydre Editions

Jeff Schinker, Sabotage (Sabotage), publisher: Hydre Editions

Samuel Hamen, V wéi vreckt, w wéi Vitess : Erzielung (Kaput), publisher: G. Binsfeld



Milo Masoničić, Kraj smjene (The End of the shift), publisher: Treći trg

Stefan Bošković, Ministar (Minister), publisher: Nova knjiga


North Macedonia

Давор Стојановски (Davor Stojanovski), Утеха за голите (Consolation for the naked), publisher: Или-или (ili-ili)

Ѓорѓи Крстевски (Gjorgji Krstevski), Другата страна (The Other side), publisher: Бегемот (Begemot)

Михајло Свидерски (Mihajlo Sviderski), Последните денови на Ханс (Han’s last days), publisher: Или-или (ili-ili)

Петар Андоновски (Petar Andonovski), Страв од варвари (Fear of barbarians), publisher: Или-или (ili-ili)



Atle Berge, Puslingar (Puzzle), publisher: Samlaget

Bjørn Esben Almaas, Den gode vennen (The good friend), publisher: Oktober

Maria Navarro Skarange, Bok om sorg (Book of sorrow), publisher: Oktober

Therese Tungen, Kjærleik og det som liknar (Love and the like), publisher: Aschehoug



Elisa Ferrer, Temporada de avispas (Wasp season), publisher: Tusquets

Irene Solà, Canto jo i la muntanya balla (I sing and the mountain dances), publisher: Anagrama

Joan Benesiu, Serem Atlàntida (We will be Atlantis), publisher: Periscopi

Raquel Taranilla, Noche y océano (Night and ocean), publisher: Seix Barral


Congratulations, dear authors and colleagues!


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About the European Union Prize for Literature

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 Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which aims 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.

The consortium selected by the European Commission to coordinate the initiative is composed by the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP). These three members 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 41 countries currently involved in the Creative Europe 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 cycle.

The EUPL is organised by a Consortium comprising the European Writers’ Council (EWC), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) with the support of the European Commission. As funded by Creative Europe, it is accessible to all countries participating in this EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors for 2014-2020.

National juries, consisting of experts in fields of literature, publishing and bookselling, are set up in each country participating in the EUPL in the respective year. After shortlisting 3 to 5 authors, the national Juries choose their laureates who receive a financial prize but also benefit from increased international visibility and cross-border promotion, starting with the Awards Ceremony in Brussels and continuing at major book fairs in Europe and beyond.

The Cycles

The first three-year cycle was completed in 2009-2011, the second cycle in 2012-2014, the third cycle in 2015-2017.

In 2018, EUPL celebrated its tenth Anniversary with a writing contest open to all previous 108 winners. 36 former EUPL laureates from 26 different countries answered the call. 5 authors were awarded in 4 different categories (Professional jury, public, Members of the European Parliament and special mention for the European Year of Cultural Heritage) for the quality of the short story they produced for the contest.

2019 marked the beginning of the fourth three-year cycle, which will be completed in 2021.

EUPL 2016 Awards Ceremony


  • All Member States of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden;
  • Non-EU countries: Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Tunisia, Armenia, Kosovo*, United Kingdom

Selected countries in 2020

Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia,  Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, North Macedonia, Germany, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Norway and Spain.