Nobel Prize in Chaos as Academy Collapses from Within

By April 13, 2018Literary Awards, News
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The Swedish Academy that gives out the Nobel Prizes, including the Nobel Prize for Literature is in grave danger as the organisation collapses from within.

Yesterday two more members of the Swedish Academy resigned, including Sara Danius leading the entire Academy without leadership, soon after this announcement it was announced that Katarina Frostenson is also withdrawing as a member.

These two resignations mean that the Academy is left with just eleven active members from its total of eighteen, and because of the way the prize is set up this is a huge problem. Because while member can step away from active roles, they cannot resign, membership is for life and what’s more, twelve members are required to elect a new member by quorum, which means the crippled institution is now unable to self-generate new members.

The crisis began last year when accusations of sexual assault were directed as Frostenson’s husband, Jean-Claude Arnault, following revelations of financial misconduct and conflicts of interest. The furore has caused a massive rift in the academy putting the future of both the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Prize for Literature in question.

With further resignations, the Academy is now considered to be in total collapse, and no one knows what will happen to what has until now, been the most prestigious prize in literature. It’s now up to His Royal Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf and Academy member Sara Stridsberg to save the prize for future generations. Only HRM Carl XVI Gustaf can change the bylaws required to save the prize, but only time will tell what will happen.

New Literary Award Launches for Funny Women Writers

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In recent years the Wodehouse prize, the only literary prize for comic fiction, has come under scrutiny and accusations of sexism after only awarding the prize to women three times in its eighteen years. Since 1991, Helen Fielding, Marina Lewycka and Hannah Rothschild are the only authors to win the prize and accusations of sexism have been rife. Read More

BAME Short Story Competition Shortlisters Announced

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The BAME Short Story Competition from The Guardian/Fourth Estate was announced back in April 2018 and six finalists have now been announced.

The competition was created to help promote the work of British Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers who have been vastly underrepresented in the publishing world.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

The six finalists for this year’s competition have been announced- with stories about pixies and changeling children, Grenfell Tower, grief and music, and more.

The overall winner will be announced on the 12th of September.

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Winners Announced for Wales Book of the Year 2018

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Every year Literature Wales holds their awards to find Wales’ Book of the Year and the 2018 winners were announced earlier this month. At the awards ceremony in Cardiff it was a collection of poetry that picked up the main award as Robert Minhinnick’s highly acclaimed Diary of the Last Man became the Wales Book of the Year 2018.

The collection was shortlisted for the T. S Eliot prize last year and won the Roland Mathias Poetry Prize before being announced as Wales Book of the Year 2018. The collection is described by the author as as a walk across Britain; Brexit Britain, a Britain facing political uncertainty and experiencing change of all kinds, not least climate change. In parts immensely local, in others casting its view abroad, this collection is a celebration of the dwindling Earth, and a caution.
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Finalists Named for New Literary Immigration Award

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Last year, North Virginia’s Oldest Literary Festival, The Fall of the Book decided to create a literary immigration award in order to “illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing.”. The inaugural award takes place this year and now the three finalists have been named.

The new award is set to celebrate immigrants at a time when immigrant has become a dirty word. The three finalists are below, and the winner will be announced on 11th October at George Mason University. Read More

The Man Booker Long List 2018 is Here

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It’s that time of the year, when the long list for one of the most prestigious literary prizes in literature is here. It’s time for the Man Booker long list 2018 and it’s already come under much praise and criticism.

On Twitter, criticism has already been laid for the lack of diversity in authors in the list, something that seems to be becoming a bit of a regular occurrence for many of the bigger literary prizes. However, the list has also been praised for including a graphic novel for the first time in the prize’s history. Read More

Neil Gaiman Wins Science Fiction Poetry Prize

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Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters has won first prize in the Long Poem category at The 2018 Rhysling Awards.

The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s award was started in 1978 in recognition of achievements in the field of speculative poetry. The award was named after the blind singer and storyteller “Noisy” Rhysling, the protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Green Hills of Earth“.

Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters beat a whole array of other-worldly poems to gain the prestigious first prize for a long poem. The poem has been heralded as the “first feminist poem about the dawn of science“.

Watch the reading, or read it yourself below.

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