Anglo-Australian author Evie Wyld is one of winners of the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), along with 12 other authors from countries including Greece, Lichenstein and Turkey.
The 13 winners of the award, which recognises the best new and emerging authors in Europe, were announced today (Wednesday 8th October) at Frankfurt Book Fair.
Joining Wyld, whose novels All The Birds, Singing and After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice are published by Jonathan Cape, are: Ben Blushi from Albania; Bulgarian author Milen Ruskov; Jan Němec of the Czech Republic; Greece’s Makis Tsitas; Iceland’s Oddný Eir; Latvian Janis Jonevs; Armin Öhri from Liechtenstein; Pierre J. Mejlak of Malta; Ognjen Spahić of Montenegro; Marente de Moor from The Netherlands; Serbian author Uglješa Šajtinac; and Birgül Oğuz from Turkey.
Each winner receives €5,000, and their publishers are encouraged to apply for EU funding to have the winning books translated into other languages to reach new markets.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, congratulated the winners, saying: "The Prize is dedicated to the best new and emerging authors in Europe, regardless of their country of origin or language. The aim is to showcase Europe’s best contemporary literature, encourage cross-border sales and promote the translation, publishing and reading of literature from other countries.”
The EUPL is open to countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors. Each year, national juries in a third of the countries nominate the winning authors. The Prize is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Booksellers' Federation, the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers.
Since the Prize was launched in 2009, the EU has provided funding for the translation of books by 56 out of 59 EUPL winners, into 20 different European languages. The winners also benefit from extra visibility at Europe's major book fairs, including Frankfurt, London, Göteborg and the Passaporta Festival in Brussels.
This year's Prize winners will be presented with their awards during a gala ceremony at the Concert Noble in Brussels on 18th November, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Education and Culture, members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Italian Presidency of the EU.