Monday, October 15, 2012

Literary Awards

Wikipedia has an awesome page where it lists what must be all of the literary prizes, cos there are loads!! They are categorised by All Nations Eligible, Awards by Language, Awards by Region, Awards by Country and Awards by Genre ( .)
There is also another page that lists all the poetry awards of which there are a surprisingly large number ( .)

The first four awards in the All Nations Eligible are;
  •  Nobel Prize in Literature-since 1901 and awarded last Thursday (see post here
  •  Neustadt International Prize for Literature- since 1970
  •  Franz Kafka Prize- since 2001
  •  Man Booker International Prize- since 2005

  • The Neustadt prize is awarded every two years for a body of work and is worth $50,000. It is the only one of its scope to originate in the US and is unusual in that poets, novelists and playwrights are equally eligible. A representative portion of the authors work must be available in English. In 2012 it was awarded to the Indian-born Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry.

    The Franz Kafka Prize is awarded annually and is worth $10,000. The criteria for winning the award include the artwork's "humanistic character and contribution to cultural, national, language and religious tolerance, its existential, timeless character, its generally human validity and its ability to hand over a testimony about our times."[ It was awarded in 2012 to Daniela Hodrova, a Czech writer. One work has been translated into English, Prague, I see a city...,
    Prague, I See a City...

    The Man Booker International Prize is also awarded biennially to an author of any nationality with a body of work in English or translated into English. Established in 2005 it has onl been awarde five times. Due next to be awarded in 2013, in 2011 the prize went to Philip Roth, the American author who writes widely about Jewish-American life. With a bibliography of over 27 novels, non-fiction and also writing collections he is a prolific contributor to the literary world.

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