Nominations for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2021

Fourteen Nordic novels, short stories, and poetry collections have been nominated.

4. March, 2021 News

Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir and Andri Snær Magnason are nominated, on behalf of Iceland, for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2021.

Fourteen Nordic novels, short stories, and poetry collections have been nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize. This year's nominees span the entire Nordic Region with works from all countries and language areas. This strong field of fiction also contains previously nominated authors. 

The winner of the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize will be announced on 2 November in Copenhagen in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council. The winner will receive the Northern Lights statuette and DKK 300,000.

Nominated works from Iceland

The Icelandic nominations for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2021 are the novel Aðferðir til að lifa af (Methods of Survival) by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir (Bjartur, 2019) and Um tímann og vatnið (On Time and Water) by Andri Snær Magnason (Forlagið, 2019).

Here are the other 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.


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.

About the Nordic Council Literature Prize

The Nordic Council Literature Prize was first awarded in 1962. It goes to a literary work written in one of the Nordic languages, such as poetry, prose, or drama that meets high literary and artistic standards.

The purpose of the Nordic Council's five prizes is to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and Nordic co-operation on the environment, as well as to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental efforts.

Find out more about the Nordic Council Literature Prize

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