Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Neustadt International Prize for Literature

The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a biennial award for literature sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and its international literary publication, World Literature Today. Like the Nobel Prize in Literature, it is awarded for a body of work, not a single work.

The Prize is presently a silver eagle feather, a certificate, and $50,000. The endowment from Walter and Doris Neustadt of Ardmore, Oklahoma ensures the award in perpetuity.

The prize was established in 1969 by Ivar Ivask, editor of Books Abroad, as the Books Abroad International Prize for Literature. Subsequently, it was renamed the Books Abroad/Neustadt Prize. It assumed its present name in 1976. The candidates are selected by a jury of at least seven members, and are not limited by geographic area, language, or genre. It is the only international literary award of this scope to originate in the United States and is one of few international prizes for which poets, novelists, and playwrights are equally eligible.

List of Neustadt Laureates

Year Name Country Language(s)
1970 Giuseppe Ungaretti Italian
1972 Gabriel García Márquez Spanish
1974 Francis Ponge French
1976 Elizabeth Bishop English
1978 Czesław Miłosz Polish
1980 Josef Škvorecký Czechoslovakia Czech
1982 Octavio Paz Spanish
1984 Paavo Haavikko Finnish
1986 Max Frisch German
1988 Raja Rao / English
1990 Tomas Tranströmer Swedish
1992 João Cabral de Melo Neto Portuguese
1994 Edward Kamau Brathwaite English
1996 Assia Djebar French
1998 Nuruddin Farah English
2000 David Malouf English
2002 Álvaro Mutis Spanish
2004 Adam Zagajewski Polish
2006 Claribel Alegría / El Salvador Spanish
2008 Patricia Grace English

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