We are delighted to announce that submissions to the Entente Littéraire Prize (Prix de l’Entente Littéraire), a new UK-France literary prize for writers of young adult literature, are now open. The submissions window will be formally opened at Receptions at the French Embassy in London and the British Embassy in Paris on 23 January as part of the celebrations to mark the start of the 120 anniversary of the Entente Cordiale.
Announced in September 2023 by Her Majesty The Queen and Madame Brigitte Macron during the King and Queen’s State Visit to France, the Entente Littéraire Prize is inspired by the Entente Cordiale, the 1904 agreement between the UK and French governments that improved bilateral relations. The idea to establish a UK-France literary prize was agreed by Prime Minister Sunak and President Macron at the UK-France bilateral Summit in Paris on 10 March 2023.
It will be judged by a British-French jury led by celebrated author Joanne Harris, who is bilingual and will act as President of Judges.
‘As a dual national of France and of the UK, I’m thrilled and honoured to play a role in the launch of this exciting new prize, which represents so much that is dear to me; the country that taught me to love reading, and the country that taught me how to be a writer,’ she says. ‘Both our countries have a rich and varied literary heritage as well as a close shared history, and it’s wonderful to see them in partnership for this welcome celebration of young adult fiction. It’s also wonderful to be part of a prize that celebrates translators as well as creators, and I’m looking forward, both to reading the entries, and to working with my colleagues from both sides of the Channel.’
Harris’s fellow judges are acclaimed YA writers Marie-Aude Murail and Timothée de Fombelle from France and Patrice Lawrence and Joseph Coelho from the UK.
Two prizes of €8,000 will be awarded to a full-length work of Young Adult literature. The €8,000 prize will be split equally between the creators of the book.
If you have any issues completing this form, or questions about the Prize not already covered in the guidelines, please email Administration Manager, Laura Sibbald.
The closing date for submissions is Monday 8 April 2024.