EBRD Literature Prize

Overview

The EBRD Literature Prize 2023 is launched. Read the press release

The EBRD Literature Prize champions the literary richness of our diverse regions of operations, where the Bank currently invests. The Prize also aims to illustrate the importance of literary translation and to introduce the depth and variety of the voices and creativity from these regions to the English-speaking public and a wider global audience. 

The international prize was created in 2017 by the EBRD with funding provided by the members of the EBRD, in cooperation with the British Council. 

The €20,000 prize is split between the author and translator. The two runner-up books will each receive a prize of €4,000, also equally split between author and translator. 

The Prize has already introduced English-language readers to a wide range of literature from countries, such as Albania, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Türkiye , Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

2022 winner

The Orphanage by Serhiy Zhadan, translated by Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler is the winner of the EBRD Literature Prize 2022. Published by Yale University Press, and set in contemporary eastern Ukraine, the book is a raw, compelling story of a civilian’s desperate journey through conflict zones to reach home.   Toby Lichtig, Chair of the judging panel said:” The Orphanage was timely when it first appeared in Ukrainian in 2017, it was timely when it first appeared in Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler’s excellent translation last year, and it is even more grimly timely now.” 

About the EBRD Literature Prize

The EBRD Literature Prize is awarded to the year’s best work of literary fiction translated into English, originally written in any language of the EBRD’s regions where it currently invests, and published for the first time by a European (including UK) publisher in the period captured by the Prize. 

The EBRD Literature Prize is a project of the Bank’s Community Initiative, a programme which provides a framework for the engagement of staff and the institution in philanthropic, social and cultural activities in the regions where the Bank works. 

The Prize is worth €20,000 and is equally divided between the winning author and translator. So, it not only rewards the writer who brings stories from these countries to life, but just as importantly, acknowledges the vital role that the translator plays in making these stories accessible to English-speaking audiences. The two runners-up and their translators receive a prize of €4,000 each.