EU Prize for Literature 2019 Winners Announced

14 emerging authors from across Europe have been announced as laureates of the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL).
On 22 May, the laureates of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) 2019 were officially announced. The award ceremony will be held in Brussels on October 2nd, 2019.
The announcement was made by Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, and the Romanian Minister of Culture and National Identity, Mr Valer-Daniel Breaz, at the Permanent representation of Romania to the European Union in Brussels.
The EUPL 2019 laureates are:
Laura Fredenthaler (Austria)
• Piia Leino (Finland)
• Sophie Daull (France)
• Réka Mán-Várhegyi (Hungary)
• Beqa Adamashvili (Georgia)
• Nikos Chryssos (Greece)
• Jan Carson (Ireland)
• Giovanni Dozzini (Italy)
• Daina Opolskaite (Lithuania)
• Marta Dzido (Poland)
• Tatiana Țîbuleac (Romania)
• Ivana Dobrakovová (Slovakia)
• Halya Shyyan (Ukraine)
• Melissa Harrison (United Kingdom) 

More information about our winning authors:
http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/

The selected countries participating in 2020 (next year):
Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, North Macedonia, Germany, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Norway and Spain.
The EUPL is an award which recognises outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe, and highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature.
The prize also draws attention to the continent’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage. So far, the EUPL has awarded 108 authors from 41 countries and this year, it is announcing its first ever winners from Georgia and Ukraine.
Supported by Creative Europe, the initiative is accessible to all countries participating in this EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors for the current period 2014-2020.
The European Union Prize for Literature is organised by a consortium comprising the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the European Writers' Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP).
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Authors’ Rights are fundamental for culture, freedom of expression and a diverse Europe

New EWC Board Press Release:
The new elected Board of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) sets its agenda: to strengthen the moral and economic rights of authors and keeping the diversity of literature alive, the most powerful and independent instrument of democracy.

Nina George, international bestselling author from Germany, has been elected as President of the EWC at its general assembly in Riga, Latvia. The Vice-President is Daniel Cristea-Enache (Romania), Director of Communications at the Writers’ Union of Romania and Associate Professor in the Department of Literary Studies at the University of Bucharest. The new elected board includes Poet Ružica Cindori, Secretary General of the Croatian Writers’ Association, Non-fiction-writer Markku Löytönen, Professor of human geography at the University of Helsinki (Finland), and Alena Makouskaya, Director of the Civil society organization “Homeland”, and member of the Secretariat of the Union of the Belarusian Writers.

 

The new EWC-Board sets its agenda on three major tasks:
--Protecting the authors’ moral and economic rights in the digital era
--Promoting the values of Literature, to transfer knowledge, independent opinions and cultural narratives not only to the next generations
--Defending the freedom of expression, to stand for the values of a democratic, pluralistic and diverse Europe

 

Integer societies need a diverse culture and protected authors’ rights
«The digital era is a challenge for protecting authors’ rights and empowering the voice of writers and translators in the level-playing field», says Nina George, President of the European Writers’ Council, on the upcoming challenges for the new EWC-board. «Digitization, biotechnology, AI and robotics have also changed the communication, the cultural consumption, the common views on legal issues like ownership and responsibility. The post-factual-era and politic-hacks have their impact on the upturn in the right-wing parties throughout the Union. In order to cope with these developments, which bring about technological, political, legal, ethical and economic upheavals, Europe needs visions and concepts for an inclusive and integer society. The EWC could be the ideal think-tank.»

Vice-President Daniel Cristea-Enache confirms the meaning of EWC: «The European Writers’ Council stands for a united Europe, for the ideal of diversity, for independent literature, as well as for a wide range of culture and art. EWC, a federation which brings together the individualists, also represents individualism within a pluralist community. As it is widely acknowledged, each writer creates a personal, unique fictional world. Therefore, let us share the large-scale literary system of meaning and value, of forms and significance. Above all, we will endeavour to support and defend the writers’ and translators’ rights.» 

Defending the food chain of literature – not only in the European Union
«The ‘information food chain’ starting with those producing and providing – be it literature, articles, e-media, or something else – must be kept alive and flourishing», Finnish non-fiction writer Markku Löytönen points out clearly. «The starting point i.e. the author, is often the weakest element in this chain and should be protected through legislation and international agreements. If authors are left alone with no proper compensation, soon there will be no food chain to provide readers, teachers, students, or decision makers. If you think that facts and information are expensive, try ignorance!» 

Poet Ružica Cindori from Croatia sees the upcoming chances also in collaboration: «The European Writers’ Council raises the public awareness on the importance of the respect for copyright and the problems within the book chain that affect not only writers but also publishers, booksellers, translators», she said. «It is my belief that these problems should be solved foremost at the European level and in European institutions. In this context the voice of the EWC is of crucial importance. It is also my opinion that we should extend our help to the writers from countries that are still not members of the EU with the aim of respecting their authors’ rights and increasing the creative freedoms. Together we are stronger!» 

Creative freedoms are based also on freedom of expression
Alena Makouskaya, Director of the Civil society organization «Homeland» from Belarus, stresses the importance of freedom of expression: «The purposes which the European Writers’ Council pursues in its activity are very important to me, among which the most significant one is the protection of freedom of expression. There are still cultural organizations in Europe that are faced with censorship, limitations and violations of the rights of its members. It is especially actual for some countries of Eastern Europe. I hope that EWC maintains an active communication with democratic cultural organizations of this region as they are a very important component of the development of the region and its safety. I would like very much for the European Writers’ Council to increase its potential in this direction.» 

 

The European Writers’ Council New Board (2019-2021)

The EWC Annual General Assembly held in Riga, Latvia, on Sunday 2 June 2019, elected the new board constituted by the following members:

EWC President: NINA GEORGE (Germany), award-winning international best-selling author of novels and non-fiction, as well as free-lance journalist.

EWC Vice-President: Daniel Cristea-Enache (Romania), literary critic.

 

Regular Board members:

Markku Löytönen (Finland), academic author and researcher (Professor), author of numerous articles, and of five books for children.

Ružica Cindori (Croatia), literary critic, poet and translator of poetry.

Alena Makouskaya (Belarus), director of a civil society organisation and project manager of the Union of Belarusian Writers.

The EWC welcomes The Czech Writers’ Association as new member

The European Writers' Council is delighted to announce that our Annual General Assembly ratified unanimously Asociace spisovatelů, The Czech Writers’ Association, on Sunday 2 June in Riga, Latvia.The association was presented by Mr. Ondrej Lipár, Chairman,  at the assembly.
“The Czech Writers Association joins together both poets and prose writers. The organisation was founded in 2015 by Czech writers who lacked a functional platform that would advocate living literature’s interests in the Czech Republic.
The Association promotes a professional approach to authorship and sees to its prestige. It aims to formulate professional concerns with respect to state institutions and private entrepreneurs. In regard to publishers and other organisers of literary life, the Association seeks “fair-trade” conditions for authors, provides them with information and legal advice, and also serves as a place to share their professional experience.”

The Winners of EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe”

36 previous EUPL winning authors from 26 different countries participated in the EUPL Writing Contest “A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe”. The winners in the different categories were announced at the Awards Ceremony in Vienna, Austria on 07/11/2018.
You can download the anthology here: http://anniversary.euprizeliterature.eu/
The event was organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and took place at the Belvedere Palace under the patronage of the European Parliament.

The awards in the different categories, Public Prize, Professional Prize, MEPs Prize and Special Mention for Cultural Heritage, were presented by Mr. Gernot Blümel, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media and Mr. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, in the presence of distinguished guests from the fields of literature, culture and politics.

Readers across Europe selected “Jasmine and death” by Jelena Lengold from Serbia as the winner of the public prize. This work of short fiction, which deals with a very timely topic in today’s society, resonated with many readers not only from the author’s home country, but from across Europe.

A professional jury comprised of Maria-João Costa (Portugal), Nina George (Germany), Juancho Pons (Spain), Cathy Rentzenbrink (UK) and Marnix Verplancke (Belgium), led by Jury President Liana Sakelliou (Greece), selected the work of short fiction “A Voice” by Ioana Pârvulescu from Romania, for its excellence.

The jury's short-list
In addition to Ioana Pârvulescu’s “A Voice”, the jury’s complete shortlist features “This is my body” by Isabelle Wéry (Belgium), “A European Story” by Meelis Friedenthal (Estonia), “Jasmine and death” by Jelena Lengold (Serbia), “Greatness Will Have its Due” by Andrej Nikolaidis (Montenegro), and “The Saviour of the World” by Adam Foulds (United Kingdom).

Moreover, the professional jury was also in charge of awarding the special mention for cultural heritage. Lidija Dimkovska from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia received this special mention for her work of short fiction “When I left Karl Kniebknecht”.

Lastly, Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, spearheaded by Committee Chair MEP Petra Kammerevert, were also invited to select their favourite work of short fiction. Two outstanding authors from Luxembourg, Jean Back with his work of short fiction “European Clouds”, and Gast Groeber with “Current weather warning: predominantly heavy fog”, are sharing this honour.

For photos of the ceremony and more information:  http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/awards-ceremony/2018