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Andri Snær and Guðrún Eva Nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Fourteen Nordic novels, short stories, and poetry collections have been nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize. This year, Iceland’s nominees are Andri Snær Magnason for On Time and Water and Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir for Aðferðir til að lifa af.

The winner of the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize will be announced on November 2 in Copenhagen, in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council. The winner will receive the Northern Lights statuette and DKK 300,000 (6,204,000 ISK, $49,300, €40,328).

The Nordic Council Literature Prize was first awarded in 1962. It goes to a literary work written in one of the Nordic languages – poetry, prose, or drama. Eight Icelanders have won the prestigious award before, including Thor Vilhjálmsson, Sjón and most recently in 2018, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir.

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The list of nominees for this year’s literature prize:


Penge på lommen. Scandinavian Star. Del 1 by Asta Olivia Nordenhof. Novel, Basi…

Mit smykkeskrin by Ursula Andkjær Olsen. Poetry collection, Gyldendal, 2020.


Bolla by Pajtim Statovci. Novel, Otava, 2019.

Autofiktiv dikt av Heidi von Wright by Heidi von Wright. Poems, Schildts & Söde…

Faroe Islands

Eg skrivi á vátt pappír by Lív Maria Róadóttir Jæger. Poems, Forlaget Eksil, 20…


Naasuliardarpi by Niviaq Korneliussen. Novel, Milik Publishing, 2020.


Um tímann og vatnið by Andri Snær Magnason. Novel, Forlagið, 2019.

Aðferðir til að lifa af by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir. Novel, Bjartur, 2019.


Er mor død by Vigdis Hjorth. Novel, Cappelen Damm, 2020.

Det uferdige huset by Lars Amund Vaage. Novel, Forlaget Oktober, 2020.

The Sami language area

Gáhttára Iđit by Inga Ravna Eira. Poems, Davvi Girji, 2019.


Strega by Johanne Lykke Holm. Novel, Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2020.

Renheten by Andrzej Tichý. Short stories, Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2020.


Broarna by Sebastian Johans. Novel, Nirstedt/litteratur, 2020.

The works have been nominated by the national members of the adjudicating committee for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize.

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