The Paris Literary Prize is an international prize and any topic is welcomed.
Shakespeare and Company has a long-standing tradition of opening its doors to aspiring writers and in keeping with that philosophy, the 10,000€ Paris Literary Prize is open to writers from around the world who have not yet published a book. We believe that a prize of this kind can make a difference in launching a new writer’s career.
We have long been admirers of the novella, a genre which includes such classics as The Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The Paris Literary Prize celebrates this small but perfectly formed genre while giving a unique opportunity to writers whose voices have not yet been heard.
"If a law were passed giving six months to every writer
of a first book, only the good ones would do it."
There are three Paris Literary awards: the award for the best Novella and two runner-up awards.
The 2012 Paris Literary Prize award:
10,000 Euros and a weekend stay in Paris, France. The winner will also read from his or her work at a special event at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop in Paris.
Two Paris Literary Prize Runner-up awards:
These awardees will receive 2,000 Euros each, a weekend stay in Paris and an opportunity to read from their work at a special event at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop in Paris.