The New Academy Prize in Literature

Back in may The Swedish Academy announced after a series of scandals that they would not be awarding a nobel prize in literature for 2018. (Much to my disappointment, I look forward to this every year!)

In lieu of the nobel prize, a non-profit organization named The New Academy was formed to serve as a reminder for the democracy that literature should represent and award an alternate prize.

In July, librarians all over Sweden were invited to submit nominations for the award and 47 authors were nominated and picked out for voting. Worldwide voting opened July 10 and closed August 14 after which the finalist were revealed.

The finalists:

Maryse Condé
Neil Gaiman
Kim Thúyion


The finalists announced were Maryse Condé, Neil Gaiman, Kim Thúy and Haruki Murakami. Haruki Murakami chose to withdraw his name from consideration.

The other three will be assessed by an expert jury and the winner will be announced october 12th and presented at a formal event on december 9th 2018. After which The New Academy will dissolve.

Do you have a favorite of the three? I’ve only read Neil Gaiman myself, but I’m inclined to pick up a book of the other two finalists and read them too. I’ve never read anything by Murakami either, and he’s been on my list for a while. Looking forward to seeing the winner announced on friday!

To read more about The New Academy, the alternate prize or see the entire list of nominees, please visit