Scholarships and literary awards

Numerous prestigious literary prizes are awarded in Krakow, including the Transatlantic Award for the promotion of Polish literature abroad; the Jan Długosz Prize, which is awarded to the best book of the year in the field of the broadly defined humanities; the Kazimierz Wyka Award for outstanding achievements in the fields of essay writing and literary and art criticism; the Wisława Szymborska Poetry Award; and the Stanisław Vincenz New Culture of New Europe Award. Another form of promotion of high-quality literature by the city of Krakow is the monthly Krakow Book of the Month Award. Meanwhile, starting in 2015, the Joseph Conrad Award for literary debuts will be given during the annual Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival. Up-and-coming writers will compete for this prize, which consists of 30,000 zlotys awarded by the city; a month-long residential stay in Krakow funded by the Book Institute; and the promotion of the laureate’s work during the Conrad Festival and the supplementary materials related to the festival published in Tygodnik Powszechny.

The Villa Decius Association, which has been operating in Krakow for 12 years, organises residencies for young writers and translators. To date, more than a hundred authors from Poland and abroad have taken advantage of residential scholarships as part of the Homines Urbani and Dagny programmes. The Albrecht Lempp scholarship is also granted in Krakow, supporting translations and Polish-German dialogue.

In 2011, Krakow joined the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and provides one scholarship and residency for a writer persecuted for his or her literary activity each year.


Pic. Paweł Ulatowski