The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises emerging fiction writers from the European  Union and beyond. Engaging the 41 countries participating in the Creative Europe programme of the  European Union, the Prize celebrates 41 outstanding new literary talents across a cycle of three years.  Spotlighting the creativity and the immense and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature  in the field of fiction, EUPL aims to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and encourage  greater interest in non-national literary works. Fourteen authors from fourteen countries participate  in the 2022 edition.  

The 2022 edition is a special one for EUPL, introducing a change in the organisation of the Prize: instead of awarding one laureate in each of the participating countries, a seven member European  jury will for the first-time award one overall winner for this edition, together with recognising five  special mentions.  

We are proud to reveal the list of 14 national nominees for EUPL 2022, one for each participating  country. The authors and their novels were nominated by national entities, knowledgeable about the  literary scene in their countries and used to promoting their own literature abroad.  

The EUPL remains committed to celebrating diverse literature and cultures, which is especially  important in these uncertain times. The EUPL consortium is honoured to be able to include a  nomination from Ukraine on the 2022 list. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and, in particular, with  Ukrainian writers, translators, publishers, booksellers and librarians. Four years ago, the EUPL had a  first Ukrainian laureate, Haska Shyyan, and in 2022, the Ukrainian Book Institute has nominated  Eugenia Kuznetsova as the best emerging fiction voice in the country. Together with the book  community across the world, the EUPL consortium condemns the Russian attacks and calls for the  restoration of peace in Ukraine. 

We are pleased to announce this year’s fourteen nominees:  

  • Austria: Peter Karoshi, Zu den Elefanten (The elephants), Publisher: Leykam Verlag Bosnia and Herzegovina: Slađana Nina Perković, U Jarku (In the ditch), Publisher: Imprimatur Belgium: Gaea Schoeters, Trofee (Trophy), Publisher: Uitgeverij Querido 
  • Georgia: ივა ფეზუაშვილი (Iva Pezuashvili), ბუნკერი (A garbage chute), Publisher:  ინტელექტი (Intellect) 
  • Greece: Τάκης Καμπύλης (Takis Kampylis), Γενικά Συμπτώματα (Generla Symptoms),  Publisher: ΚΑΣΤΑΝΙΩΤΗΣ (Kastaniotis) 
  • Ireland: Tadhg Mac Dhonnagain, Madame Lazare, Publisher: Futa Fata 
  • Italy: Daniele Mencarelli, Sempre tornare (Always return), Publisher: Mondadori Lithuania: Tomas Vaiseta, Ch., Publisher: Baltos lankos 


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  • North Macedonia: Владимир Јанковски (Vladimir Jankovski), Скриени желби, немирни  патувања (Hidden Desires, Restless Travels), Publisher: Антолог (Anthology) Norway: Kjersti Anfinnsen, Øyeblikk for evigheten (Moments for eternity), Publisher: Kolon  forlag 
  • Romania: Raluca Nagy, Teo de la 16 la 18 (Cléo from 5 to 7), Publisher: Nemira Slovakia: Richard Pupala, Ženy aj muži, zvieratá (Women and men, animals), Publisher: Lindeni Spain: Jacobo Bergareche, Los días perfectos (Perfect days), Publisher: Libros del Asteroide Ukraine: Євгенія Кузнєцова (Eugenia Kuznetsova), Спитайте Мієчку (Ask Miyechka), Publisher: Видавництво Старого Лева (Old Lion Publishing House) 

The EUPL 2022 winner will be announced on 21 April, during the opening ceremony at the Paris Book  Fair. All nominated authors will be continuously promoted on a European stage, aiming to reach a  wider and international audience, as well as connect with readers beyond their national and linguistic  borders. 

The EUPL is organised by a Consortium of associations comprising the Federation of European  Publishers (FEP) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), with the support  of the European Commission.

Cúirt is delighted to welcome Tadhg Mac Dhonnagain to the 2022 festival for the event Úrscéalta Trasnáisiúnta which you can book here.

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