Book prizes are literary awards given to an author in order to recognise their piece of written work. Mostly all major book prizes involve a reward and usually they hold a ceremony annually.
There are many types of literary genres, content and ways a prize can be awarded for. So there are different types of awards too.
Here we can have a look at some of the most well known literary prizes nowadays:
The European Book Prize is a European Union literary award established in 2007, organized by the association Esprit d’Europe in Paris. It seeks to promote European values, and to contribute to European citizens’ better understanding of the European Union as a cultural entity.
Nobel Prize in Literature: is a Swedish literature prize that is awarded annually since 1901 to an author from any country who has produced an outstanding work in the field of literature. A Literature Nobel Prize laureate earns a gold medal, a diploma bearing a citation, and a sum of money that varies depending on the year.
The Booker Prize: is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. From its origins, only novels written by the Commonwealth, Irish, and South African (and later Zimbabwean) citizens were eligible to receive the prize but in 2014 it was widened to simply any English-language written novel.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: is presented each year for a novel written or translated into English. It promotes excellence in the world of literature. Nominations are submitted by public libraries worldwide (over 400 libraries and 177 countries participate). The winner/s are selected by an international panel of judges that changes each year.
But these are not the only ones, there’s an infinite list with an ever growing list of prizes that go from international to council level all around the globe.There are also awards dedicated to works in individual languages like the Miguel de Cervantes Prize for Spanish, the Camoes Prize for Portuguese, the Prix Goncourt for French, the Strega Prize for Italian, the Georg Buchner Prize for German or the Folio Prize for English to name some.
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Academie Goncourt. Académie Goncourt. https://www.academiegoncourt.com/. Accessed August 18, 2019.
All Nobel Prizes in Literature. NobelPrize.org. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-nobel-prizes-in-literature. Accessed August 18, 2019.
Camões Prize for Literature. Camões Prize for Literature | Biblioteca Nacional. https://www.bn.gov.br/en/explore/literary-prizes/camoes-prize-literature. Published January 1, 1970. Accessed August 18, 2019.
FAQs. International DUBLIN Literary Award. http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/faqs/. Accessed August 18, 2019.
France Roque. Prix du Livre Européen. http://livre-europeen.eu/?page_id=5537. Accessed August 18, 2019.
Georg-Büchner-Preis. Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung – Awards – Georg-Büchner-Preis. https://www.deutscheakademie.de/en/awards/georg-buechner-preis. Accessed August 18, 2019.
Home. Premio Strega. https://www.premiostrega.it/. Accessed August 18, 2019.
presentacion. Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte. http://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/cultura-mecd/areas-cultura/libro/premios/listado-de-premios/cervantes/presentacion.html. Accessed August 18, 2019.
Retour à Lemberg. Prix du Livre Européen. http://livre-europeen.eu/. Accessed August 22, 2019.
Rigden JSand K. Top 25 literary prizes. The Telegraph. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookprizes/10139413/top-literary-prizes.html. Published October 15, 2013. Accessed August 18, 2019.
The Booker Prizes: The leading literary award. The Booker Prizes | The leading literary award. https://thebookerprizes.com/. Accessed August 18, 2019.
The Rathbones Folio Prize 2019 Shortlist. The Rathbones Folio Prize. https://www.rathbonesfolioprize.com/. Accessed August 18, 2019.
Written by Maria Blanca Escudero Fontan
She was a trainee in the Direction of the Directorate B and in TermCoord. Holds a Degree in Translation and Interpretation ( Universidade de Vigo) and a MA in International Studies (USC).
Edited by Cécile Mayeres