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The international interest in Swedish literature remains at a high level. During the first application round in 2021 we received a total of 171 applications regarding translation from Nordic and Non-Nordic publishing houses. 120 applications were approved with a total amount of 2,3 million Swedish kronor.
We are thrilled to announce that we have now approved sample translation grants for Swedish contemporary drama and literature for the Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, English, Croatian and Polish book markets.
752 000 SEK have been awarded to twelve projects devoted to promoting Swedish literature around the world.
The 2021 prize winners of The Swedish Writers’ Union’s award The Catapult Prize for best Swedish debut and Borås Daily Newspaper’s Debut Award is now announced.
Fourteen Nordic novels, short stories, and poetry collections have been nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize. This year’s nominees span the entire Nordic Region with works from all countries and language areas. The winner will be announced in Copenhagen in conjunction with Session week in November.
On Tuesday the 26th of January 2021 we received the sad news that Lars Norén, one of Sweden's most prestigious playwrights, poets and directors passed away.
Despite the difficult times last year, we got over 500 applications for grants for translation and production of Swedish books 2020. An increase with 30 percent from 2019. Due to the strong interest and increase the translation grant budget will be strengthened with an additional 1.5 million SEK for 2021.
Twenty seminars and book talks in five languages are now being distributed to more than one hundred Swedish consulates and embassies all over the world.
In line with our work promoting literature in translation we are collaborating with the Gothenburg Book Fair and the Swedish Institute by making available 15 conversations with Swedish authors in five different languages.
Never before has New Swedish Books presented this many books, selected by so many knowledgeable literature enthusiasts, as it does this autumn. As the critics pointed out, in one of the panel discussions recorded in connection with the Gothenburg Book Fair, it has been a fantastic year for Swedish literature!