The winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature were announced today at the European Commission. The award recognises the best new and emerging authors in Europe.
This year’s 12 winning authors received their awards from Mr. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, in the presence of representatives of the European Parliament and the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union as well as public figures from the fields of culture, literature and politics. Among them, emerging author from the Republic of Srpska, Ms. Tanja Stupar-Trifunović was awarded for her novel "Satovi u majčinoj sobi" (Clocks in my Mother's Room).
Tanja Stupar-Trifunović was born in Zadar in 1977 and is a graduate of the University of Banja Luka. She writes poetry, columns and literary reviews. Her poetry has been translated into several languages, and she was shortlisted for the CEE Literature Award (for poetry) in 2008. Stupar-Trifunović lives in Banja Luka and works as the Editor of Putevi, a literary magazine.
Literature and the free written word enable us to better understand ourselves and others – something that is today more important than ever. That is why we will keep supporting the translation, publishing, sale and reading of foreign literary works. - Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
The European Union Prize for Literature is open to countries participating in Creative Europe.
Every year, national juries in one third of the participating countries -12 this time- nominate the winning authors. Each winner receives €5,000 and benefits from extra promotion and international visibility at Europe's major book fairs, including Frankfurt, London and Paris.
Publishers are encouraged to apply for EU funding to have the winning books translated into other languages to reach new readers.
The EUPL is organised by the European and International Booksellers Federation, the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers, with the support of the European Commission.