Poland Launches Szymborska Poetry Prize
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In the year 2013 an international jury will present the first Wisława Szymborska Poetry Prize, which will be Poland’s highest prize monetary award
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Wisława Szymborska, photo: Wacław Klag/Reporter/East News
Collections of poetry that were released in the previous year in Polish or had been translated into Polish, are legible to apply for the 200 thousand zlotych award. In a case where the winner is a foreign author, 50 thousand zlotych is also to be presented to the collection’s translator. The president of the Wisława Szymborska Foundation, Michał Rusinek, informed the public about these conditions during the international conference held in Kraków under the name Creative Cities and Regions. Challenges for the Cooperation of Literary Cities ("Kreatywne miasta i regiony. Wyzwania dla współpracy Miast Literatury").
The winner will be selected by an eight-person jury which is comprised of the translator of Polish and French literature Anders Bodegard, the Slavic languages scholar and translator Clare Cavanagh, a researcher of 19th and 20th century culture and literature, professor Maria Delaperriere, Polish language scholar, literary critic and translator Luigi Marinelli, the Spanish poet Abel Murcia Soriano, the German translator Renate Schmidgall, the president of the Polish PEN Clubu, literary critic, essayist and poet Adam Pomorski, as well as the literary critic and historian Marian Stala.
The candidatures may be submitted through the 31st of January, by publishing companies, representatives of cultural institutions, liteary media, members of the jury and other persons. Five nominations are to be annouced in May. The finalist's prize is to also include a statuette, and currently talks with the acclaimed Polish sculptor Mirosław Bałka are underway in order to design the figure. The first award presentation is planned for the 28th of September 2013.
The Wisława Szymborska Foundation is also planning to give out an Adam Włodek Award. It is a part of the late poet’s will. The award is to have form of a scholarship for a literary critic, translator or writer under 40. The Polish Book Institute in Kraków is to present three candidates for this prize annually, and the winner is to receive a prize of 50 thousand zlotych. The patron of the award, Adam Włodek (1922-1986) was a poet, translator and editor, and Wisława Szymborska's husband from 1948 until 1954. He supervised the Koło Młodych (the Youth Circle) of the Związek Literatów Polskich (Polish Literaries’ Association).