Wera von Essen received the The Borås Tidning Debutant Prize for her debut novel En debutants dagbok.Wera von Essen received the The Borås Tidning Debutant Prize for her debut novel En debutants dagbok.Wera von Essen received the The Borås Tidning Debutant Prize for her debut novel En debutants dagbok.

Wera von Essen received the The Borås Tidning Debutant Prize for her debut novel En debutants dagbok.

Winter is hardly over yet many exciting nominations have already been made for Swedish and Nordic literature prizes 2019. And the winner of Borås Tidnings Debutantpris (The Borås Tidning Debutant Prize) has already been named! In February Wera von Essen received the prize for her debut novel En debutants dagbok.

Read here about the nominations and prizes so far this year:

The Borås Tidning Debutant Prize

Wera von Essen brought home the 2019 prize for her novel En debutants dagbok (Modernista) at a ceremony in Borås on February 21. 
”For laid-back, assured storytelling which uses the logic of a diary to investigate the conditions and boundaries of creativity”, write the jury in their rationale.

The other four authors and works nominated were:

  • Emeli Bergman for the collection of short stories Salt (Rastlös förlag)
  • Hanna Rajs Lundström for the poetry collection Armarna (10TAL Bok)
  • Nino Mick for the poetry collection Tjugofemtusen kilometer nervtrådar (Norstedts)
  • Elin Willows for the novel Inlandet (Natur och Kultur)

Katapultpriset (Catapult Prize)

Nominations for Katapultpriset - the debutant prize awarded by Sveriges författarförbund (the Swedish Writers’ Union) - are out. The winner will be announced on March 16. The nominations are:

  • Clara Bolmsjö for Jordkropp (Trombone)
  • Balsam Karam for the novel Händelsehorisonten (Norstedts)
  • Ina Rosvall for the novel Harungen, (Albert Bonniers förlag)
  • Burcu Sahin for the collection of poetry Broderier (Albert Bonniers förlag)
  • Elin Willows for the novel Inlandet (Natur och Kultur)

Read more on the Swedish Writers’ Union website.

Nordic Council Literature Prize

Thirteen Nordic novels, short stories, and poetry collections have been nominated for the 2019 Nordic Council Literature Prize. The winner will be revealed at a ceremony in Stockholm in October.

The two Swedish books which have been nominated are:

  • Nonsensprinsessans dagbok. En sjukskrivning by Isabella Nilsson. Poetry collection, Ellerströms, 2018

    From the rationale:

    “Nonsensprinsessans dagbok (in English, “Princess Nonsense’s Diary” - unpublished) has two authors. One, Isabella Nilsson, is severely ill from anorexia and has just promised her mum not to kill herself within the coming year. The other author, Princess Nonsense, is the one who helps her to keep her promise. In a diary that extends over this twelve-month promise, day-to-day stories of the illness, at eating disorder clinics and in psychiatric departments, are interspersed with wordplay that is anything but ordinary as well as nonsense poetry, verse, and pure silliness.”
  • Människan är den vackraste staden by Sami Said. Novel, Natur & Kultur, 2018.

    From the rationale:

    “Människan är den vackraste staden (in English, “Humans are the most beautiful city” - unpublished) uses multiple angles of language and humour to portray the hardships and friendships of the undocumented migrant San Francisco on a journey in a direction opposite to what we expect - from the North Scandinavian countryside, via Öresund and Southern Europe, back to the land of his childhood.”

Read more about the nominations on the Nordic Council website

Snöbollen

The winner of the picture book prize Snöbollen is Eva Lindström  for the book kom hem Laila which was released last year. The prize will be awarded on March 15 at Littfest in Umeå.

From the rationale:

”kom hem Laila opens oceans of longing in the interplay between isolated lines of text, full of promise, and pictures bringing together both light and heavy touches. The narrative combines a light yet clear-cut movement with an excitement brought to life by the details and dangers of the journey. A picture book narrative that allows both text and pictures to be whittled down, allowing space for thoughts to roam free.”

Read more on the prize website.