Authors Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Kristín Ómarsdóttir have been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize. Kristín Eiriksdóttir was nominated for her novel Elín, ýmislegt (English title, A Fist or a Heart) and Kristín Ómarsdóttir was nominated for her poetry collection Kóngulær í sýningargluggum (‘Spiders in the Display Windows’).
The authors were nominated alongside 11 others from Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Norway, the Sami Language Area, Sweden, and Åland. The winner will be announced on October 29 in Sotckholm and the winner will receive the prize’s Northern Lights statuette and DKK 350,000 [ISK 6.36 million; $53,182; €46,904].
Last year, the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize went to Icelandic author Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir for her novel Ör (English title Hotel Silence). An Icelandic author has won seven times since the prize first started being awarded in 1962.
Read the full list of nominees and the motivations for each nomination, in English, here.