EBRD Literature Prize

Overview

EBRD Literature Prize News

The EBRD is pleased to announce the launch of the EBRD Literature Prize 2020.

The Prize will be 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 cultures, history and creativity in the EBRD regions, which across central and eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the southern and eastern Mediterranean and northern Africa.

Now in its third year, the EBRD Literature Prize has gained increasing attention and visibility amongst both the publishing industry and reading public. It is one of the few international literature prizes which recognises both author and translator. It not only rewards the writer who brings stories from these diverse countries to life, but just as importantly, the Prize acknowledges the vital role that the translator plays in making these stories accessible to English-speaking audiences. 

The first prize, worth €20,000, will be equally divided between the winning author and translator. Two runners-up and their translators will receive a prize of €1,000 each.

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.

Submissions for the EBRD Literature Prize 2020 may only be made by UK-based publishers for books translated into English for the first time in the period between 15 November 2018 and 15 November 2019.

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 2020 will be invited to London to participate in an award ceremony and discussion at EBRD headquarters in April 2020.

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

Past winners of the EBRD Literature Prize

The first EBRD Literature Prize in 2018 was won by the Turkish author, Burhan Sönmez and his translator Ümit Hussein for the novel Istanbul, Istanbul.

The EBRD Literature Prize 2019 was won by the Uzbek writer, Hamid Ismailov and translator Donald Rayfield (with John Farndon) for The Devils’ Dance. It is the first novel translated from Uzbek into English.

Download the booklet, EBRD Literature Prize 2019