EBRD Literature Prize


EBRD Literature Prize News

The EBRD is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 EBRD Literature Prize is The Devils' Dance, written by Hamid Ismailov and translated from Uzbek by Donald Rayfield, with John Farndon.  (Publisher: Tilted Axis Press).

The Devils' Dance is the first novel translated from Uzbek into English.

The international prize, awarded at a ceremony at the EBRD’s Headquarters in London on 7 March, was created in 2017 by the EBRD, in partnership with the British Council. The €20,000 prize will be split between the author and translator.

Read the press release 

Download the booklet, EBRD Literature Prize 2019

The EBRD Literature Prize 2019 is awarded to the year’s best work of literary fiction translated into English and originally written in any language of the EBRD’s 38 countries of operations and published by a UK publisher.

The Prize recognises the extraordinary richness and variety of cultures and history in the EBRD region - a region stretching across central and eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the southern and eastern Mediterranean and northern Africa.

The Prize is one of the few international literature prizes which recognises both author and translator. It highlights the importance of the writer in voicing the hopes, aspirations and challenges facing people across our regions. But just as importantly, the Prize acknowledges the talent and key role of the translator in making the stories from these countries accessible to the English-speaking public.

About the prize

The EBRD Literature Prize acknowledges a translated work of literary fiction written originally in any language from a country where the EBRD works and published by a UK publisher. The first prize of €20,000 is equally divided between the winning author and translator.

Books for consideration must be works of literary fiction written originally in any language – whether an official or minority language – from any country where the EBRD invests and they must be translated into English.

Download the submission form. If you have any queries, contact  LiteraturePrize@ebrd.com.

The deadline for submissions was 1 November 2018. Submissions could  only be made by UK-based publishers for books translated into English for the first time in the period between 15 November 2017 and 14 November 2018.

Two runners-up and their translators will receive a prize of €1,000 each. All three finalists and their translators for the EBRD Literature Prize 2019 will be invited to London to participate in an award ceremony and discussion at EBRD headquarters in March 2019.

EBRD Literature Prize 2018

The first EBRD Literature Prize was won by the Turkish author Burhan Sönmez and his translator Ümit Hussein for the novel ‘Istanbul, Istanbul’. The Prize attracted a wealth of submissions and has introduced readers to a wide range of literature from countries as diverse as Albania, Croatia, Morocco, Russia and Turkey.

Read more about the finalists and the shortlisted titles from the first EBRD Literature Prize 2018 here.