The Wisława Szymborska Foundation has started qualifications in the 3rd edition of the international poetry competition. The Wisława Szymborska Award for the best volume of poetry of the year 2015 includes a prize of PLN 200 000. The 3rd edition will cover volumes published in 2014.
Volumes of poetry originally published in Polish or translated into Polish in the year preceding the granting of the award are eligible to take part in the contest. Candidates can be proposed by: publishing houses, representatives of cultural institutions, literature-oriented media, members of the honorary jury and other persons. Applications should be sent to the Foundation’s address till the 15th of January 2015.
In 2015, the Wisława Szymborska Poetry Award will be granted for the third time. Previously, it was received by Krystyna Dąbrowska for the volume Białe krzesła (White Chairs) and Łukasz Jarosz for the volume Pełna krew (Full Blood) in 2013 and by Julia Hartwig for the volume Zapisane (Written Down) in 2014. In 2013, 176 books were proposed for the Award, and in 2014 – 171 volumes.
The purpose of the Award is to popularise the branch of literature that is less and less often met, namely: poetry. The organisers wish not only to attract readers’ attention but also to encourage editors to publish works of Polish authors and Polish translations of foreign poetry, which is quite rare at the Polish bookselling market. Opposing such phenomena as haste, superficial participation in culture or the domination of mass literature of poor quality, the organisers of the Award want to appreciate poetry as an art that is difficult but important. The Award is given to poets who can keep their independence, create their own world independent of the socio-political context and use a masterly diction in their writing.
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