The International Union of
Writers has announced the finalists the the London Literary Awards, a
new and ambitious five-yearly award given in six categories to writers in the
Russian and English literary communities. And I believe I've scooped the major
Here's their press release:
Major New Literary Award Announced by International Union of Writers
The International Union of Writers
(IUW) is pleased to announce the creation of the international London Literary
Award, to be presented once every five years. The award will bring together
some of the finest authors from around the globe, as well as promoting new
writers on the world stage.
The goal of the London Literary
Award is to encourage communication between English-language and
Russian-language writers and two to create a common cultural space for sharing
and understanding between these two great literary communities.
The London Literary Award will be
given out in six categories:
The Charles Dickens Award for novels, short fiction, or journalism.
The Lord George Noël
Gordon Byron Award for poetry or essays
The Samuel Johnson Award for criticism.
The William Shakespeare Award for dramatic works.
The Lewis Carroll Award for science fiction and fantasy.
The Mikhail L. Lozinsky Award for literary translation from Russian to
English and English to Russian.
Each award will be given in three
categories: New Authors, Established Authors, and Grand Masters. Our jury has
compiled a preliminary list of finalists, each of whom, in our opinion is
deserving of the title, Best Author of the Year. From this, a short list of
finalists (listed below) was chosen.
Recognizing the difficulty of
comparing works written in different languages, each award will be given out to
one Russian-language author and one English-language author.
Our jurors have been working since
2018 to compile long lists of worthy writers and then to pare those down to the
short lists below. Making the preliminary lists is an accomplishment in itself.
So all finalists will receive medals and certificates from the International
Union of Writers.
The English language long list for
the Charles Dickens Award (Grand Master)
is as follows:
Woody Allen (USA)
Dan Brown (USA)
William Gibson (Canada)
Joe Hill (USA)
Ackroyd (Great Britain)
Kazuo Ishiguro Great Britain)
K. Rowling (Great Britain)
Fry (Great Britain)
Fischer (Great Britain)
Alexandra Adornetto (Australia)
Bradley Trevor Greive (Australia)
Greg Egan (Australia)
Catton (Great Britain)
Nick Cave (Australia)
Wilbur Smith (Republic of Zambia)
Yu Jie (China)
Nicholas Taleb (Lebanon)
Laimonas Tapinas (Lithuania)
Laila Lalami (Morocco)
Robert MacNeil (Canada)
Dorota Maslowska (Poland)
Bayar, Alain Fleischer
Antjie Krog (South Africa)
Maxwell Coetzee (Australian)
Wally Serote (South Africa)
Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)
Jonny Steinberg (South Africa)
The finalists of the Award in all
categories have already been announced at our website: https://inwriter.org/
T he winners will be announced on
December 11th, 2020. Initially, it was planned to hold the award
ceremony in London, so that the winners could get to know each other and their
fans. Plans were made to include a tour of the city’s historical and literary
sites, starting with Westminster Abbey and ending with 221B Baker Street, the
address of Sherlock Holmes. However, due to the pandemic, such a large
gathering is not currently possible. So the awards will be held online, with
the time and location to be announced shortly.
Russian winners will receive a grant
to translate their book so it can be published in the UK. For the winner of the
William Shakespeare Award for Drama, the winner’s play will be produced on the
stage of the Royal Court Theater.
For further information or for a
complete set of the long lists, please contact the IUW at email@example.com.