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Five books shortlisted for 2014 Szymborska Poetry Prize
May 21, 2014   
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Five Polish books have been nominated for the Szymborska Poetry Prize given in recognition of “creating a [literary] world independent of the sociopolitical context” and for “masterful [poetic] diction”, the jury of the contest said on Monday.

The award, funded in 2013 by the Wisława Szymborska Foundation was established by the late poet, Nobel Prize laureate in 1996, in her will. The annual contest’s aim is to promote poetry readership and interest publishers in the works of Polish and foreign authors.

This year’s nominees, chosen from among171 poets who entered the competition, represent three generations of Polish poets: ”the grand dame of the Polish poetry”Julia Hartwig born in the interwar period, Wojciech Bonowicz, Mariusz Grzebalski and Michał Sobol of the middle generation of Polish authors, and 34-year-old Jacek Dehnel, already a winner of the prestigious Ko¶cielski Literary Award and Polityka’s Passport – an annual award of the Polityka weekly .

The shortlisted poetry books are: Bonowicz’s “Echa” (Echoes), Dehnel’s “Języki Obce” (Foreign languages), Grzebalski’s “W innych okoliczno¶ciach” (In different circumstances), Hartwig’s “Zapisane” (Written) and Michał Sobol’s “Pulsary” (Pulsars).

The jury will announce the winner on October 25 during a ceremony in the International Conferencing and Entertainment Center in the southern city Cracow. The winner will receive PLN 200,000.
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