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The Annual Latvian Literature Award is the most important literary award in Latvia. Each year the award is given to Latvian authors for the best prose and poetry books, the best children’s books, the best translations of foreign literature into Latvian, and the best debut in literature. Each year there is also an award for lifetime achievements.


Procedure Every year from October through April the panel of judges shall review and evaluate all works entered for the award. In March the panel of judges shall nominate the best works in each category and select a writer for the lifetime achievement award. In March/April the shortlist shall be published in the home pages of the organizers and in other media. In April, the winners in each category are chosen by the experts and announced in an award ceremony which is annually arranged by the organizers together with supporters and executors of the award.


Since 2013, the the award is also a practical light fitting – a book-shaped table lamp. This concept was selected in a contest won by the studio ''Mājo'' designers Baiba Lindāne and Uģis Gailis (www.maajo.lv):
''The main idea behind the design concept is to have a book as a symbol of light, thus exposing the ability of books of literary merit to enlighten the realms of reason, emotion and understanding. The awards serve both as a recognition of contribution to Latvian literature, and as functional interior objects for Latvian writers that symbolically illuminate the map of Latvian literature.''
Winners receive remarkable publicity but also a money prize, amount depends on sponsors, this year about 1500 EUR.


Latvian Writers' Union
Riga, A.Caka street 37-1, Latvija

International House of Writers and Translators
Ventspils, Annas street 13, Latvija


Latvian Literature Award!

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