The Swedish Academy cancelled this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature following a sexual misconduct furore.
The last time the prize was cancelled was back in 1943 while everyone was a little distracted by World War II but this time it has been decided that an alternative prize should be offered.
Over 100 Swedish journalists, writers and important cultural figures temporarily formed the New Academy to honour literary greats with a new prize this Autumn. In a statement, the New Academy have explained:
“We have founded the New Academy to remind people that literature and culture at large should promote democracy, transparency, empathy and respect, without privilege, bias arrogance or sexism.
In a time when human values are increasingly being called into question, literature becomes an even more important counterforce to stop the culture of silence and oppression.
The New Academy regards this as so important that the world’s greatest literature prize should still be awarded in 2018.”