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Shortlist for PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 announced

Tuesday 4 August 2015 - 1:58pm

nvThe PEN International/New Voices Award encourages new writing in the countries in which we operate, and provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work.

Below are the top three texts selected by our panel of distinguished writers. We would like to thank all the candidates who entered the competition, the PEN Centres who nominated them, the panel of  judges for all their hard work and the translators.

Congratulations to Lea Sauer, Sophie Prévost and Rebecca F John! The winner will receive a prize of $1000USD.

The award will be presented by Yann Martel on October 14 during the 81st PEN International Congress in Québec

olga‘Each of these stories cleared for me that pane of fogged-up glass through which we all gaze out upon the world, and I was  thus able to view them with incredible clarity, fully, and in all of their dimensions. Reading them reaffirmed my conviction that writing is a unique form of communication, simultaneously collective and infinitely intimate.’  - Olga Tokarczuk, 2015 New Voices judge

Judges: Zakariya Amataya, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Edwige-Renée Dro, Drago Jančar, Yann Martel, Olga Tokarczuk


‘Nichts kurz vor der Rue Saint-Blaise’ by Lea Sauer (German PEN). Translations by Erik Arellana Bautista, Roy Fox & Mathilde Sommain.

‘Ailleurs’ by Sophie Prévost (PEN Québec). Translations by Nelly Roffé, Phyllis Aronoff & Howard Scott.

‘Moon Dog’ by Rebecca F John (Wales PEN Cymru)

For more information on the New Voices award click here.