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EBRD Literature Prize


In order for books to be eligible for the EBRD Literature Prize 2023, the following criteria must be met: 

a) The submitted works must consist of books of translated literary fiction (including collections of short stories by a single author) translated into English and written originally in any language -- whether official or minority -- of a country where the EBRD currently invests by an author who is (or has been) a citizen of one of such countries 

*Eligible publishers download the submission form. If you have any queries, please contact

b) The works may only be submitted by European (including UK) publishers with a valid ISBN and the price printed in the currency of a European country.  

c) The works must not be self-translated and/or self-published. 

d) Submissions for the EBRD Literature Prize 2023 may only be made for books translated into English for the first time in the period between 15 November 2021 -14 November 2022 

e) Submissions must be received by 30 November 2022. 

f) The EBRD may at its sole discretion decide to exclude a work from consideration. Such a decision is final. 

g) Any individual publisher may not submit more than one book per EBRD country of operations, but may submit a single book from more than one country of operations.  (As an example, a UK publisher may submit one book each from Slovenia, from Croatia and from Albania, but not two from Croatia). 

h) The author of the work must be living at the time it is submitted. 

i) Entries should be accompanied by a statement giving the date of publication, an e-mail and contact address, as well as a telephone number of the publisher.  The following must also be included: 

  • A brief description of the book and plot summary 
  • Biographic details of the author and translator 
  • A brief statement as to why the book merits consideration. 

j) Six copies of each work must be submitted to the EBRD, which will not be returned. 

k) The publisher shall agree to sell any work shortlisted for the Prize at a discount of 50% of the recommended retail price to EBRD staff members. 

l) The finalists (authors and translators) must agree to participate in the EBRD Literature Prize award ceremony at EBRD Headquarters in London,. Travel expenses and accommodation will be covered by the EBRD. 

*Eligible countries include: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan