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340 books will try to win the Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw

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The Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw
The Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw

Until 1 February 2016 one could submit proposals to the Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw. In total the winners whom we will know in April will receive 200 thousand PLN. The founder and organizer of the award is the Capital City of Warsaw.

Candidates for the award could be put forward by book-keepers, librarians and by readers themselves. One was supposed to choose from among the books of living authors written in the Polish language and published in 2015. Nominations could be submitted in four categories: belles-letres – prose, belles-letres – poetry, children's literature – text and illustrations, a Warsaw edition. As many as 146 were submitted in the prose category, in poetry category - 92 titles, children's literature - 63 and a Warsaw edition - 39.

The work of jurors now commences who from among the submitted works will choose three books in each category. The announcement of nominations will take place in March. A month later, during a gala party, we will see the winners of 9. edition of the Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw. Apart from winners in the categories of: prose, poetry, children's literature and a Warsaw edition, the Jury will additionally grant the title of a Warsaw author for the lifetime achievement.

This year the jury is chaired by Janusz Drzewucki - a poet, literary critic, journalist and editor who has participated in the competition from the beginning. A new member of the jury is Grażyna Borkowska, a professor in the PAN Institute of Literary Studies, an observer and commentator of a contemporary literary life.

The Partner of the Award is the National Library.

The Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw is a prestigious award which history dates back to pre-war times. The contest is a continuation of the tradition of the award of the same name granted in the period of 1926-38 which was discontinued by the outbreak of World War II. Its first laureate was the oldest son of Adam Mickiewicz - Władysław, and the last one before the war - Leopold Staff. The award has also been granted to such authors as: Wacław Berent (1929), Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński (1933), Pola Gojawiczyńska (1935), Maria Kuncewiczowa (1937). The Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw in the present form has been being granted since 2008 when the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw accepted a resolution reactivating it.