The Nordic House Reykjavik is an administrative office for the Nordic Council litteraturprizes

The Nordic House is the administrative office for Nordic Council literature prizes. For further information please contact the project manager for the prizes, Sigurður Ólafsson,

The winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017

The Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017 has been awarded to Kirsten Thorup for Erindring om kærligheden (“Memories of Love”, not translated into English).

The Danish author accepted the prize at the award ceremony in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki on 1 November.

The Adjudication Committee wrote:

“The winner of the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017 is the author of numerous excellent and highly relevant novels that reflect a deep social commitment. In her novel Memories of Love, Kirsten Thorup paints a portrait of Tara, a woman who constantly reaches out to the vulnerable in society. Somewhat unexpectedly, Tara falls pregnant and gives birth to her daughter Siri – a turn of events with which she finds it difficult to cope. The ensuing heart-rending and relentless tale probes into questions of rights and duties, private life and politics – and not least the strength and price of love – all addressed with every greater subtlety. Memories of Love is a very dark and wise novel. It trawls great depths – the depths we all share – reaching parts only literature ever really reaches.”

Find out more about Memories of Love on the Nordic Council web page for the Literature Prize.

Read more about the Nordic Council prizes.

Nordic Council Prize

The Nordic Council Literature Prize is awarded for a work of literature written in one of the languages of the Nordic countries, that meets “high literary and artistic standards”. Established in 1962, the prize is awarded every year, and is worth 350,000 Danish kroner (2008). Eligible works are typically novels, plays, collections of poetry, short stories or essays, or other works that were published for the first time during the last four years, or in the case of works written in Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish, within the last two years. The prize is one of the most prestigious awards that Nordic authors can win.

The winner is chosen by an adjudication committee appointed by the Nordic Council. The committee consists of ten members, two each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The committee members are generally experts in their own country’s literature, as well as their neighbouring countries. In addition to the regular members, additional members may be added to the committee if works are nominated from Åland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland or the Sami language area. Apart from the monetary award, the intent of the prize is also to “increase interest in the literature of neighbouring countries as well in Nordic cultural fellowship”.

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The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize was awarded for the first time during the Nordic Council Session in 2013 at the same time as the other Nordic Council prizes and is since then awarded annually.

The award is the result of the Nordic Culture Ministers long-standing desire to strengthen and elevate literature for children and young people in the region.

The prize is, as well as all the other Nordic Council prizes, worth DKK 350,000 and is awarded in conjunction with the Nordic Council’s annual Session.

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The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2017 has been awarded to the author Ulf Stark and illustrator Linda Bondestam for Djur som ingen sett utom vi (“Animals Nobody Has Seen Except Us”, not translated into English).