About the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

Vinnare av Nordiska rådets Barn- och ungdomslitteraturpris 2013
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Magnus Froderberg/norden.org
Awarded since 2013, the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize goes to a work of fiction in one of the Nordic languages – poetry, prose or drama – that meets high literary and artistic standards.

The prize is designed to generate greater interest in the shared Nordic sense of cultural affinity and to recognise unique artistic endeavours. All of the Nordic prizes help to highlight Nordic co-operation and increase its visibility.

Nordic Committee chooses winner

The Nordic Adjudication Committee selects the winner of the Children and Young People’s Literature Prize. It is made up of two members from each of the five Nordic nation states.

One of the members from Finland must be a Finnish speaker, the other a Swedish speaker. They must all be experts in the children’s and young people’s literature in their home country abut also, as far as possible, of the neighbouring countries as well.

In years when works are nominated from the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland or the Sámi language area, appropriate representatives are co-opted onto the committee.

National committees nominate

The members and the substitute from each country make up national adjudication committees, each of which nominates a maximum of two literary works. Three weeks before the prize is awarded, the Adjudication Committee notifies the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of the name of winner and the reasons for the award.

Ceremony at Session

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize is handed over, along with the prizes for literature, music, film and the environment at an awards ceremony during the annual autumn Session of the Nordic Council. The Nordic House in Reykjavík is responsible for the administration of the DKK 350,000 prize (approx. €47,000, the same as the other prizes).