Everyone is singing its praise: Evie Wyld’s ALL THE BIRDS , SINGING receives 2014 European Union Prize for Literature

Wednesday 8th October 2014

Evie Wyld was announced winner of the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature, on Wednesday 8th October at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is open to countries that participate in Creative Europe, a funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors in the EU. Each year, national juries in a third of the countries – 13 this year – nominate the winning authors.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilinguism and Youth, announced the winners and commented on the prize: “The Prize is dedicated to the best new and emerging authors in Europe, regardless of their country of origin or language. The aim is to showcase Europe’s best contemporary literature, encourage cross-border sales and promote the translation, publishing and reading of the literature from other countries.”

The winners receive a prize and benefit from extra promotion and international visibility at events such as Europe’s major book fairs. The EUPL was launched in 2009, and since then the EU has provided funding for the translation of 56 of the EUPL winners, into 20 different European languages.

The winners will be formally presented with their prize in Brussels, this November, in the presence of members of the European Parliament.