The three shortlisted finalists Georgia for this year’s Prize are:
- 1. Beqa Adamashvili, Everybody dies in the novel, Sulakauri Publishing, 2018
- 2. Luka Bakanidze, Are You, Lazarus, Palitra L publishing, 2018
- 3. Iva Pezuashvili, Gospel of the underground, Intelekti publishing, 2018
The European Union Prize for Literature is an annual initiative to recognize the best emerging authors in Europe. Launched by the European Commission in 2009, the prize is open to countries participating in the Creative Europe programme for the cultural and creative sectors. The EUPL is at present organized by a consortium consisting of the European Booksellers Federation, the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers.
The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.
The works of the ed winners (one per country participating in the Prize on a rotation basis) will reach a wider and international audience, and touch readers beyond national and linguistic borders.
The Prize is financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which aims to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output and to foster intercultural dialogue.
The winning authors are ed by qualified juries set up in each of the countries participating in the award.