Prizes for second-language authors

4 January 2009 at 6:23 AM | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The Adelbert von Chamisso Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, started in 1985, carrying a cash award of €15,000, and won recently by Artur Becker (first language Polish, second language German), according to its website, “is open to authors whose mother tongue and cultural background are non-German and whose works make an important contribution to German literature.” In effect, the Man Asian Literary Prize, carrying a cash award of USD 10,000, is also an award for second-language authors, since many of the entries come from countries where English is not a first language. The Premio Internacional de Poesía Ciudad de Granada Federico García Lorca, carrying a cash award of €50,000, is a bit more difficult for second-language authors, because first-language authors compete. Does anyone know of other such literary contests?


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